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

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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.

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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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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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Frances Hollander

Frances Hollander joined Blanchard & Walker in 2018 after working at the Michigan Court of Appeals.   Frances received her B.A. in linguistics from the University of Michigan in 2013. 

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FROM THE BLOG

Blanchard & Walker Weekly

TOPIC OF THE WEEK

Social Networking & Computer Privacy

Generally, employers have the right to monitor their employees use of the Internet (including visiting social networking sites, checking e-mails, and instant messaging) on computers owned by the employer, during employees on-duty hours. Although federal l

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BLOG OF THE WEEK

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

Employers are increasingly monitoring their employees’ social media activity. A key consideration is to avoid infringing the rights of employees under the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance. The Privacy Commissioner’s Guidelines on monitoring and personal data privacy at work are a helpful first port of call. They first stress the “3As” of undertaking a systematic assessment process to ensure that monitoring would be appropriate, ensuring that there are no less intrusive alternatives and ensuring that there is proper accountability for the collection of employees’ personal data. They then stress the “3Cs” of ensuring the clarity of an employer’s policy, ensuring that it’s communicated to employees and the safeguarding of data through proper controls. Employers should ensure that they clearly document and communicate their approach to monitoring.

–Kathryn Weaver, partner at Lewis Silkin

LIST OF THE WEEK

from Digital Information World

Social Media Use During Work Hours By Employees

  • 36% of employers block social media at work.
  • 51% of businesses have a social media policy,
  • 56% of the employees who use social media for work still find social media as a distraction during their work.