Michael J. Soltis: Lawyer with Jackson Lewis P.C.

Michael J. Soltis

Managing Shareholder
Stamford,  CT  U.S.A.
Phone(203) 961-0404

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Practice Areas

  • Disability
  • Leave and Health Management
  • Energy and Utilities
  • Financial Services
  • Health Care
  • Technology and Telecom
 
University University of Connecticut, B.A., 1975
 
Law SchoolNew York Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, 1978; New York University, LL.M., Labor Law, 1986
 
Admitted1979, New York and U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York; 1986, U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit; 1988, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas; 1989, U.S. District Court, Western and Northern Districts of Ohio; 1990, U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut; 1991, Connecticut; 1999, U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
 
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Professional Associations and Activities

•American Bar Association
•Connecticut Bar Association
•Connecticut Business and Industry Association
•DRI
•Southern Connecticut Chapter of SHRM

 
Born1953
 
Biography

Michael J. Soltis is a Shareholder and Litigation Manager of the Stamford, Connecticut, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He has represented employers in a wide range of employment and labor matters for more than 30 years.

Mr. Soltis has advised on and litigated matters involving just about every type of employment claim, including discrimination claims, family and medical leave claims, public policy and whistleblower claims, contract claims, and common law employment claims. He has litigated cases in state court and federal district court and has argued numerous appeals at the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. In addition, he has extensive experience on all aspects of family and disability leave management, layoff planning and implementation, and workplace wellness initiatives.

Mr. Soltis has negotiated more than 100 collective bargaining agreements in a variety of industries. In addition, he has counseled numerous other employers, “away from the table,” through their collective bargaining. He has a particular expertise in incorporating “lean” concepts into collective bargaining agreements. Mr. Soltis regularly advises employers on labor contract interpretation and administration. He has represented employers at dozens of labor arbitrations. He has authored numerous articles on employment and labor law topics for national and state publications and is a frequent speaker on these topics to legal and business audiences.

Honors and Recognitions

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Published Works

The Americans With Disabilities Act: A Comprehensive Guide to Title I.Milt Wright & Associates, Inc., 1992. [Co-Author]
The Connecticut Employment Law Manual (2009-10 edition). NA: 1900. [Author]
• Final HIPPA Nondiscrimination Regulations Spur Employers to Review Workplace Wellness Programs, Public Safety Labor News (February 2007) [Co-Author]
• Fourth Circuit: ERISA Pre-empts Maryland's Fair Shair Law; Avoiding Regulatory Balkanization Trumps State's Play or Pay Health Care Reform, JacksonLewis.com (January 2007) [Co-Author]
• Final HIPPA Nondiscrimination Regulations Spur Employers to Review Workplace Wellness Programs, JacksonLewis.com (December 2006) [Co-Author]
• To Pro-rate or Not to Pro-rate: That is the Question - Paying Bonuses Under FMLA, CT Bar Association Labor and Employment Newsletter (Winter 2006) [Author]
• Lifestyle Discrimination: Drawing the Line Between Employer Interests and Employees' Personal Lives, Labor and Employment Law Quarterly 12.3 (Fall 2006) [Author]
• Preventive Medicine - Employee Wellness Programs are Prone to Legal Maladies that Require Careful Monitoring, HR Magazine (January 2006) [Author]
• Lifestyle Discrimination - The New Frontier for Employment Claims, FMLA Policy, Practice & Legal Update (BLR) (October 2005) [Author]
• Workplace Wellness Meets Employment Law: Eat Your Veggies...Or Else, Corporate Counsel (June 2005) [Author]
• Healthy Employees in a Healthy Workplace: An Admirable or Illegal Goal, Defense Research Institute, Employment Law Committee Newsletter (Summer 2005) [Author]
• Unsettled Questions Cloud Connecticut's Disability Discrimination Law, CT Bar Association Labor and Employment Newsletter (Summer 2005) [Co-Author]
• Weingarten Redux: Employers Manual, Labor Law Journal (Winter 2000) [Author]
• Special Report: The National Smallpox Vaccination Plan: Workplace Law Implications for Health Care Employers [Author]

Publications

April 16, 2015

EEOC Releases Proposed Rule on Workplace Wellness Programs for Public Comment

April 16, 2015

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has released its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on how Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act applies to employer wellness programs that are part of group health plans. The NPRM is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on April 20, 2015. The public may offer...

October 30, 2014

Latest Employer Wellness Plan to Draw EEOC Fire includes Biometric Screening Requirement

October 30, 2014

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission appears to be implementing an assault on corporate wellness programs based on the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act. After staying on the sidelines while the popularity of workplace wellness programs skyrocketed, the EEOC has brought its third...

July 17, 2013

Connecticut to Increase Minimum Wage in 2014 and 2015

July 17, 2013

Governor Dannel P. Malloy has signed legislation to increase Connecticut's hourly minimum wage over two years by $.75 to $9.00 by January 1, 2015. Under the new law (Public Act No. 13-117), effective January 1, 2014, the state minimum wage will rise from $8.25 per hour to $8.70 per hour. A second increase, effective January 1...

Blog Posts

Disability, Leave & Health Management
Stroke Victim Wanted More from Flossmoor under ADA
August 4, 2015

Sometimes it seems an employer has done a lot to accommodate an employee under the ADA, yet the employee claims the employer should have done more. The Seventh Circuit addressed such a situation in Swanson v. Village of Flossmoor (7th Cir. July 24, 2015).

By Michael J. Soltis

Disability, Leave & Health Management
The Evolving Paid Sick Leave Patchwork
July 20, 2015

Montgomery County, MD and Oregon passed it. California had passed it, then amended it within days after its effective date. In Massachusetts, the Attorney General issued regulations to implement it, and a court said the National Labor Relations Act does not preempt it.

By Michael J. Soltis

Disability, Leave & Health Management
Massachusetts Earned Sick Time Law Update: Final Regulations Issued
June 19, 2015

Thanks to our colleague Jeffrey S. Brody for this post.

By Michael J. Soltis

In the News

May 19, 2015 Chambers & Partners

Jackson Lewis Attorneys Ranked in 2015 Chambers USA Guide

May 19, 2015

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (May 19, 2015) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country's largest and fastest-growing workplace law firms, is pleased to announce the firm and 62 of its attorneys have been recognized in the 2015 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, a prestigious annual guide ranking...

April 13, 2015 Law 360

Michael Soltis Discusses Challenge of Addressing Mental Health Issues in the Workplace

April 13, 2015

Michael Soltis is quoted in Law 360's Caution A Must for Employers Tackling Mental Health Issues. View Article (subscription may be required)

February 26, 2013 Jackson Lewis

Three Jackson Lewis Attorneys Named 2013 'Client Service All-Stars'

February 26, 2013

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (February 26, 2013) - Jackson Lewis LLP, one of the nation's largest and fastest-growing law firms, is pleased to announce Partners John M. Bryson II, Richard S. McAtee and Michael J. Soltis have been recognized by the BTI Consulting Group as Client Service All-Stars for 2013. This designation was...

 
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EEOC Releases Proposed Rule on Workplace Wellness Programs for Public Comment
Francis P. Alvarez,Joseph J. Lazzarotti,Joseph J. Lynett,Michael J. Soltis, April 22, 2015
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has released its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on how Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act applies to employer wellness programs that are part of group health plans. The NPRM is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on...

Add Philadelphia to the Paid Sick Leave Mega-Trend
Michael J. Soltis, March 30, 2015
After a few failed attempts, Philadelphia has become part of the paid sick leave mega-trend. The Mayor signed the “Promoting Healthy Families and Workplaces” Ordinance on February 12. It goes into effect 90 days after the signing.

Doctor Disputes Own Entry on FMLA Certification; Keeps Interference Case Alive
Michael J. Soltis, March 30, 2015
A doctor’s testimony that he treated the plaintiff twice for bronchitis was sufficient to deny the employer’s motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s FMLA interference claim, even though the doctor had stated on the FMLA certification form that he had only treated the plaintiff...



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1010 Washington Boulevard, 7th Floor
StamfordCT 06901




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