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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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Blanchard & Walker Weekly

TOPIC OF THE WEEK

Worker Classification: Independent Contractor or Employee

Knowing whether a worker is an employee or an independent contractor is important for both workers and employers. Any worker should understand how they are classified, and what it means. As an independent contractor, you may have more freedom to choose ho

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BLOG OF THE WEEK

How Does the Passage of AB 5 in California Affect Me and Others in the Gig Economy?

Today Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law Assembly Bill 5. The untitled new law will have a significant impact on the gig economy in California. It will be increasingly difficult to lawfully classify California workers as independent contractors. With the exception of several significant carveouts, which I discuss below, the definition of “to employ” announced by the California Supreme Court last year in Dynamex v. Superior Court (2018) 4 Cal.5th 903 will define the relationship between the hired and the hirer moving forward. The core of the new law takes effect January 1, 2020.

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THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

"Workers lose basic protections like the minimum wage, paid sick days and health insurance benefits. Employers shirk responsibility to safety net programs like workers' compensation and unemployment insurance. Taxpayers are left to foot the bill," Reversing the trend of misclassification is a necessary and important step to improve the lives of working people."

–Gavin Newsom; California Gov.

LIST OF THE WEEK

from Workplace Fairness

Top Searches on Leaves this week: 

  • Sick Leave
  • Disability Leave
  • Paid Sick Leave
  • Family Medical Leave
  • Military Leave