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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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FROM THE BLOG

  • “Non-compete agreements narrow the employment options for an estimated one in five workers in the United States.”  November 2, 2016

     

    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? (more…)

  • New Rules for FLSA Overtime Exemptions October 5, 2016

    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.   (more…)

  • 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…)

Blanchard & Walker Weekly

TOPIC OF THE WEEK

The Right Stuff: Being More Courageous at Work

For the employed, the lingering fear of potential job loss can stop you from speaking your mind in the workplace. This week: do's and don'ts for being more courageous at work.

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BLOG OF THE WEEK

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

"The worse the news, the more effort should go into communicating it."

–Andy Grove

LIST OF THE WEEK

from Allianz

More Money, More Problems: Women and Money

  • 57% have more earning power than ever before
  • 42% believe financially independent women are intimidating to men and often end up alone
  • 31% say these women are hard to relate to and don't have many friends