FROM THE BLOG
  • The End of Forced Arbitration for Survivors of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment March 8, 2022

    On March 3, 2022, President Biden signed the Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault & Sexual Harassment Act. This law is one significant step forward in the fight to end arbitration contracts that deny access to the Courts for violations of fundamental workplace rights.

    For far too long, countless survivors, workers, and consumers have been silenced by forced arbitration. (more…)

  • MICHIGAN UNEMPLOYMENT OVERPAYMENT WAIVERS? FAQ’s: WHAT WE KNOW (AND WHAT WE DON’T) February 11, 2022

    News Update: Promised Waivers fall short.  According to recent reporting, the waiver program was much smaller than promised.  Although waivers for 55,000 more claimants is a good step forward, it fell short of the 382,000 promised and as of May 12, 2022 there is still no explanation about when or if more will be coming.

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  • UIA CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT-WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW   January 30, 2022

    In a recently filed Class Action Complaint, Blanchard & Walker clients allege Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance Agency is illegally assessing “overpayments” and initiating collection activity against a broad class of UIA claimants who relied on pandemic unemployment assistance in 2020 and 2021.   The lawsuit seeks injunctive and other relief to recover for unlawful actions that violate the due process rights of UI claimants.

    UPDATE 5/1/2022: HEARING SCHEDULED ON PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION MOTION. The Michigan Court of Claims has scheduled the hearing on Plaintiffs’ Motion for Preliminary Injunction for May 17, 2022 at 1pm in the Lansing Hall of Justice.  The hearing will be held in person and is open to the public.

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