Blanchard & Walker Law PLLC: Ruling Provides Warning for Mandatory Handbook Restrictions

Administrative ruling sends a warning shot for overreaching and oppressive employment contracts.

Blanchard & Walker clients win in case tried under the National Labor Relations Act. Trial verdict provides a warning for employers seeking to impose workplace communication restrictions.

The Motor City Pawn Brokers ruling confirms that oppressive handbook requirements banning everything from communications with former employees to social media postings violate the National Labor Relations Act, and firing people for [Read more…]

ACLU Calls Charges Against Michigan Senate Candidate Unconstitutional/UPDATE: Charges Dismissed

 reports on the latest court filing in the prosecution of Anuja Rajendra for political speech;  Blanchard & Walker Attorneys David Blanchard and Frances Hollander on the brief.

When the law overreaches into constitutionally protected speech, ACLU cooperating attorneys step forward. [Read more…]

Blanchard & Walker PLLC: Department of Justice Announces $84.5 Million Qui Tam Lawsuit Settlement With Beaumont Hospital

The Department of Justice’s healthcare fraud settlement with William H. Beaumont Hospital is among the largest against any Michigan hospital.  The settlement resolves claims that the health care giant of southeastern Michigan maintained improper referral relationships with doctors and other medical facilities, cultivated a culture that enticed physician referrals with kickbacks, and engaged in other conduct constituting Medicare and Medicaid fraud.

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Class Action Certified in Hungry Howie’s Pizza Delivery Driver Lawsuit

Pizza Drivers claim franchises take an illegal  slice out of every driver’s pay

Under-reimbursement of pizza delivery drivers violates state and federal minimum wage laws – that’s the allegation in a Blanchard & Walker PLLC case recently certified for class action status in the Eastern District of Michigan (read the order here).  [Read more…]

Legal Work on the Cutting Edge of Employment and Civil Rights Issues

Blanchard & Walker, PLLC, currently has paralegal and administrative support opportunities available in our Ann Arbor office. To apply, please mail a paper resume and cover letter c/o BW Hiring Committee. Blanchard & Walker, PLLC is an equal opportunity employer. [Read more…]

Michigan Settlement Reached in Unemployment “Robo-Fraud” Lawsuit: More than $20 Million Returned to Victims

Blanchard & Walker has obtained a far-reaching settlement with the state of Michigan regarding the past, present, and future handling of unemployment claims in Michigan.  We have fought this fight for nearly two years on behalf of our clients – the UAW, Detroit’s Sugar Law Center for Economic and Social Justice, individual UIA claimants – and on behalf of all Michigan workers.  Today, the Court confirmed an unprecedented settlement and restructuring agreement with the State.  Read it here: Zynda ORD 2017-02-02 Robo Fraud Settlement and Dismissal.   Here are some of the things that we have achieved today on behalf of Michigan UIA claimants:  [Read more…]

Federal Court Order Halts Collection Activity on Unemployment Robo-Fraud Cases

A Federal Court Order issued January 11 will halt income tax garnishments and other collection activity for unemployment “robo-fraud” victims until there is an individualized staff review and the fraud finding is confirmed. The Order, entered by stipulation on January 11, 2017, is a huge victory for our clients and for all those affected by faulty robo-fraud determinations from October 2013 to August 2015. [Read more…]

“Non-compete agreements narrow the employment options for an estimated one in five workers in the United States.” 

 

Michigan non-compete contract

White House Aims to Lift the Curse of Overreaching Non-Compete Agreements

Responding to the economic impact of unnecessary and overreaching non-compete agreements – and even recent examples of employers colluding to limit job options of employees – the White House last week announced a new push to “Spur Competition in the Labor Market and Accelerate Wage Growth.” It’s about time.

 

Wow! a National Push to Reform Non-Compete Policies Across States? How Did I Miss it?

It would be understandable if you missed the announcement. The White House announcement slipped from media attention amid the frenzy in the last weeks of the presidential election and the excitement of the World Series’ return to Wrigley Field. How could the legal policy shift on an issue of labor economics compete for media attention? [Read more…]

New Rules for FLSA Overtime Exemptions

JNew Rules for FLSA Overtime Exemptions oin attorney David Blanchard next Monday October 10, 2016 (12-1:30 PM) for  an Overtime Compliance Panel Focusing on the New Salary Level Rule.  We still have some spaces left but it is filling up quick.  RSVP to Kelley at lindquistk@ewashtenaw.org or 734-994-4912 by 4 p.m. on Friday, October 7th

 

The panel discussion and Q &A session following will focus on the Department of Labor’s new salary level increase for overtime exempt employees.   [Read more…]

New EEOC Guidance on Illegal Retaliation (PDF link)

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 [Read more…]