Jay M. Rector
Wichita Office
1551 N. Waterfront Parkway
Suite 100
Wichita, KS 67206-4466
T: 316.291.9722
F: 866.347.5131
jrector@foulston.com
Practice Areas
Employment & Labor
Employee Benefits & ERISA
Governmental Liability
OSHA
Trade Secret & Noncompete Litigation
Health Care
Education
University of Iowa, J.D. (1989)
  • With High Distinction, Order of the Coif, Associate Editor - Journal of Corporation Law
Iowa State University, B.S., (1981)
Admissions
  • Kansas (1989)
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Jay M. Rector, Retired


Mr. Rector retired as a partner from Foulston Siefkin in 2016 after 27 years with the firm. Over the years, Mr. Rector represented clients in a wide variety of employment, labor and ERISA benefit matters. His career included a broad base of experience in labor-management relations including union organizational attempts and work stoppages. Mr. Rector served as chief negotiator for numerous private and public sector collective bargaining agreements as well as lead attorney on a number of union certification and decertification efforts. In addition, he gained extensive experience advising employers in specialized and general employment and benefit matters and also in representing employers in labor arbitrations, OSHA investigations, wage and hour disputes and state and federal claims under the ADA, the ADEA, Title VII, the FLSA, the FMLA, and their state law counterparts. Mr. Rector enjoyed Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory’s highest “AV” rating for lawyers. He was selected by his peers for inclusion in the Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers® list, The Best Lawyers in America® and Chambers USA as a leading employment law lawyer in the United States. In 2013 and 2016, he was named by The Best Lawyers in America® the Wichita Litigation - Labor & Employment Law Lawyer of the Year, and in 2014 he was named the Wichita Labor Law - Management Lawyer of the Year. Mr. Rector was a frequent teacher and speaker at seminars as well as the author of numerous published articles on the subjects of employment and benefits law.
Professional Memberships, Affiliations, and Honors
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers® as Wichita Litigation - Labor and Employment, 2013 and 2016; Wichita Labor Law-Management, 2014
  • Selected by peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in the areas of Employment Law – Management, Employee Benefits Law, Labor Law – Management, Litigation- ERISA and Litigation – Labor & Employment, 2008-2016 (Copyright 2012 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC)
  • Selected for inclusion in Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers® List, 2009, 2011, 2012 (a Thomson Reuters business)
  • Identified by Chambers USA as a leading lawyer in the United States in the area of Labor and Employment Law, 2008-2016
  • Kansas Bar Association Employment Law Section; co-author Kansas Bar Associate Annual Survey of Law
  • Wichita Bar Association
  • Law Practice Magazine Member of Distinguished 2007-2008 Edge Awards Article Review Board
Community Involvement
  • Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Kansas HR Committee
  • YMCA of Wichita Central Personnel Committee
  • East Evangelical Free Church

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  • Mr. Rector has successfully tried numerous labor arbitrations. Issues have included employment terminations, work rule disputes and general contract interpretation. He has also represented employers before the NLRB and defended a number of OSHA death cases. Mr. Rector regularly counsels and defends employers in workplace matters such as compliance, terminations, DOL audits, OSHA investigations and NLRB proceedings and has successfully represented employers in hundreds of state agency and EEOC discrimination claims across the country.



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2014
  • What's New in Employment Law (Foulston Siefkin LLP, Employment Law Seminar)
2013
  • An Ounce of Prevention – 10 Things HR Can Do Now to Protect Your Organization from Liability Later (Foulston Siefkin, Employment Law Seminar)
  • New Cases and Agency Activity (Fouslton Siefkin LLP, Employment Law Seminar)
2012
  • The New Activist National Labor Relations Board — Believe Us, You Care! (Foulston Siefkin, Foulston Siefkin Employment Law Seminar)
  • Ten Things Employers Do That Drive Their Lawyers Crazy (Foulston Siefkin Employment Law Seminar)
2011
  • Recent Employment Law Happenings (American Payroll Association)
2010
  • Basic Requirements of the Health Care Reform Act (Foulston Siefkin Health Care Reform Workshop)
2009
  • Dealing with a Diversified Workplace: How to Avoid Claims for Religious and National Origin Discrimination (Foulston Siefkin Employment Law Seminar)
  • The Brave New World of Employment and Labor Law: The ADA Amendments Act (Foulston Siefkin Employment Law Seminar)
  • The ADA Amendments Act: How to Deal with Disabilities in the Workplace Today (Kansas Medical Group Managers Association Annual Meeting)
  • The ADA Amendments Act: How to Deal with Disabilities in the Workplace Today (Kansas Chapter of Society for Human Resources Managers)
  • Wellness Programs: Boundaries for Employers (Society for Human Resource Managers)
2008
  • Employment Law Update (Foulston Siefkin CFO Forum)
  • The ADA Amendments Act, Mandatory Use of E-Verify, and FMLA (Via Christi Health System Human Resources Training Conference)
  • The ADA Amendments Act: What You Need to Know Now! (Foulston Siefkin Client Seminar)
  • The HIPAA Nondiscrimination/Wellness Program Rules: Offering One Piece in the Health Care Cost Puzzle (Health and Wellness Coalition of Wichita)
  • Protecting Your Employees’ Private Information (Foulston Siefkin Employment Law Seminar)

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2006
  • Start Policing Your Workforce: the Good, the Bad, and the Downright Ugly
    -Kansas Employment Law Letter – HR Insight
2003
  • Severance Benefits: If you don't tell me, I won't know
    -Kansas Employment Law Letter, Vol. 10, No. 1
1999
  • COBRA: Snake Bite II – A Sequel
    -Kansas Employment Law Letter, Vol. 6, No. 4
1996
  • Union Organizing – Who’s In, Who’s Out
    -Kansas Employment Law Letter, Vol. 2, No. 10
1995
  • When Johnny Comes Marching Home: Does He Still Have a Pension?
    -Kansas Employment Law Letter, Vol. 1, No. 11
  • Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 – Part I
    -Kansas Employment Law Letter, Vol. 1, No. 12
  • Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 – Part II
    -Kansas Employment Law Letter, Vol. 2, No. 1
  • Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 – Part III
    -Kansas Employment Law Letter, Vol. 2, No. 2
  • Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 – Part IV
    -Kansas Employment Law Letter, Vol. 2, No. 3
  • Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993
    -The Journal of The Kansas Bar Association, Vol. 64, No. 4
  • Turn Yourself In? – You Don’t Have to Go to Jail and It May Make Sense
    -Kansas Employment Law Letter, Vol. 2, No. 4
  • Cushioning the Blow – Severance Benefits in RIFs
    -Kansas Employment Law Letter, Vol. 2, No. 7
  • Cushioning the Blow – Part II
    -Kansas Employment Law Letter, Vol. 2, No. 8
1994
  • Can You Change Your Employee Benefit Plan? Check Reservation of Rights
    -Kansas Employment Law Letter, Vol. 1, No. 1
  • Disability-Based Distinctions in Fringe Benefit Plans
    -Kansas Employment Law Letter, Vol. 1, No. 7
1992
  • The Lawyer’s Role In Designing And Drafting Self-Insured Group Medical Plans
    -The Journal of The Kansas Bar Association, Vol. 61, No. 4
1989
  • The Learned Intermediary Rule: What Should the Patient Know?
    -The Federation of Insurance & Corporate Counsel Quarterly, Vol. 40, No. 1
1988
  • BANKRUPTCY – How Necessary is ‘Necessary’ Under Section 1113?
    -The Journal of Corporation Law, Vol. 13, No. 3

Issue Alerts

2004
Group Health Plans: Are You Ready for New COBRA Notice Rules Effective in 2005?

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