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Michael J. Soltis

Office Managing Shareholder and Office Litigation Manager

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F   203-324-4704



Michael J. Soltis is Office Managing 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

Best Lawyers Award Badge

Professional Associations and Activities

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

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," (January 2007) [Co-Author]
  • "Final HIPPA Nondiscrimination Regulations Spur Employers to Review Workplace Wellness Programs," (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: Employer's Manual," Labor Law Journal (Winter 2000) [Author]
  • "Special Report: The National Smallpox Vaccination Plan: Workplace Law Implications for Health Care Employers" [Author]

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September 30, 2015
Westfair Communications

Michael Soltis Comments on DOL's Proposed Overtime Rule

September 30, 2015

Michael Soltis discusses the DOL's new proposed overtime rule in Westfair Communications' "Column: A new HR landscape arises." Subscription may be required to view article   Read More

August 17, 2015
Jackson Lewis

Jackson Lewis Attorneys Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© 2016

August 17, 2015

WHITE PLAINS, NY (August 17, 2015)  Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce 137 of the firm’s attorneys have been named to the 2016 edition of Best Lawyers. In addition, 10 attorneys were named “Lawyer of the Year” in their respective... Read More

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... Read More

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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... Read More

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... Read More

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... Read More

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Deaf Plasma Technician’s ADA Accommodation Case Revived
October 11, 2015

Recall the deaf applicant for a lifeguard position who was the subject of our post here. Most memorable there was the comment by the employer’s doctor to the applicant and his mom that “[h]e’s deaf. He can’t be a lifeguard.” The court there resuscitated the lifeguard’s ADA claim. Read More

Boat Analyst’s Disability Claim Does Not Hold Water
October 10, 2015

A Coast Guard analyst unable to maintain regular and predictable attendance due to various debilitating conditions was not entitled to her requested accommodations of telecommuting and a later start time, according to a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Doak v. Read More

Train Agent’s Lilly Ledbetter Argument in ADA Demotion Claim Left on Platform
September 13, 2015

A plaintiff may not salvage her untimely ADA demotion claim by alleging that the statute of limitations began anew with each paycheck pursuant to the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, according to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. Davis v. Bombardier Transportation Holdings (USA) Inc. (Second Circuit, July 25, 2015). Read More