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THE FIRM

David Blanchard and Angela Walker have served Ann Arbor’s employees and business community for over ten years.

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THE PHILOSOPHY

Every client deserves to be heard.

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THE PRACTICE

David Blanchard and Angela Walker have worked together for over ten years to provide high quality and timely responses to the emerging legal needs for individuals and businesses in Ann Arbor and Southeast Michigan.

ATTORNEY PROFILES

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David Blanchard

David Blanchard focuses on helping people get back to work, stay at work, fighting wage theft, and preventing retaliation and wrongful termination.

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Angela Walker

Angela Walker provides advice and advocacy for employees facing discrimination at work, fighting a wrongful termination, or being denied compensation and benefits to which they are entitled.

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PRACTICE AREAS

FROM THE BLOG

  • New EEOC Guidance on Illegal Retaliation (PDF link) September 1, 2016

    The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) reports that retaliation claims for protected reporting and other protected conduct have overtaken discrimination claims altogether.  It’s not that hard to imagine that the only thing your employer hates more than discrimination at work is actually talking about discrimination work.  Now, the EEOC has finally issued new retaliation guidance explaining the scope of protected reporting under the federal anti-discrimination laws AND the scope of employment actions that will be considered illegal retaliation.

    Read on to discover how the EEOC now thinks about WORKPLACE RETALIATION and the new guidelines they will use (more…)

  • LEGISLATIVE ACTION ALERT: Proposed UIA Bill Would End Robo-Fraud Attacks on Unemployment Claimants August 8, 2016

    Blanchard Media SpotlightThe Michigan State House Oversight and Ethics Committee has passed HB 4982 H-6 that would end UIA robo-fraud accusations and other abuses of the Michigan State Unemployment Agency.  If you, a family member, or your clients (for the lawyers out there) have been caught up in robo-fraud accusations and garnishments since 2012, you should read on.

    Your help is essential to put an end to the Unemployment Insurance Agency’s abusive tactics of imposing fines and wage and tax garnishments against former unemployment claimants.   Michigan’s elected representatives need to hear your voice.  On a bi-partisan vote, the Michigan House Oversight and Ethics Committee recently passed House Bill 4982 H-6, a new bill to reform the states unemployment benefits laws.  It could be voted on by the full House of Representatives and may become law – if representatives take action right now.

    What would the new bill do? (more…)

  • Major Breakthrough in the Fight Against Unemployment “Robo-Fraud” Determinations as State Announces Plans to Review Old Determinations. May 8, 2016

    Since at least 2013, the Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance System has had its computers set on data-mining old claims data, sometimes going back up to six years, to find data discrepancies and automatically issue “Robo-Fraud” determinations against unemployment claimants.

    Now, just more than a year after we filed the federal court lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the state’s unemployment fraud accusations, the UIA is showing the first signs of a break under mounting pressure from multiple quartersHouse Testimony.  In April, the federal judge hearing the constitutional challenge issued an Order denying the State’s motion to dismiss and clearing the way for the case to move forward. Meanwhile in Lansing, Reforms to the State System are being contemplated in the Michigan Legislature, where attorney David Blanchard testified last week on the impact of the system for Michigan UIA claimants and on the need to strengthen protections.

    Last week saw another major development (more…)

Blanchard & Walker Weekly

TOPIC OF THE WEEK

Dealing with Distractions

Blogs, texts and apps are just some of the things enticing us to play hooky instead of getting work done. Here are four tips to help you remain focused.

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BLOG OF THE WEEK

The gender wage gap hasn't budged in 9 years

The average woman who had a full-time, year-round job in 2015 made just 80 percent of what a man did, according to the latest data from the Census Bureau. That’s up from last year’s 79 percent, but the increase is not statistically significant. The wage gap hasn’t closed significantly since 2007.

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THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

"You can always find a distraction if you're looking for one."

–Tom Kite

LIST OF THE WEEK

from University of Warsaw

Fear of Death: Can You Afford It?

  • People who counted money indicated a lower fear of death, 5.3%
  • People who counted white slips of paper, 6.5%
  • People desire money because it soothes their fears of death