The Firm

THE FIRM

Blanchard & Walker represents and advises clients in all matters of employment law, business policies, and compensation advice. Our lawyers regularly represent clients in EEOC actions, disciplinary review proceedings, and employment related lawsuits, including discrimination, retaliation, and whistleblower litigation. Employees come to Blanchard & Walker for representation and legal advice on all matters of wrongful discrimination, discrimination, or retaliation. Blanchard & Walker lawyers are industry leaders on accommodations and medical leave issues, on trade secrets and non-compete disputes, and on overtime pay or other wage and hour compensations disputes. We represent and advise executives, health care professionals, higher education employees, and government employees on employment contract options and severance proposals.

THE PHILOSOPHY

From representation on big litigation matters to advice on ongoing employment accommodations and medical leave issues, our lawyers have the experience to provide the strategies and solutions for all employment needs. No one size fits all. No online position statement can take the place of sound legal advice for individual legal advice and representation needs. Before paying a large up-front retainer, every client is entitled to a safe, confidential, and thorough consultation and discussion regarding legal rights and the options available. Every client receives individual consideration. When the situation requires, Blanchard & Walker can offer a confidential one-on-one consultation to review your legal situation, employment contract, or severance agreement — without any further obligation. For some clients, litigation needs require a quick response — for instance: defending a temporary restraining order or preliminary injunction, answering a complaint, or even preparing for a counter-complaint. Our lawyers are committed to providing the accessibility and flexibility required to meet every legal need. Contact Blanchard & Walker now to get an immediate response and essential advice to meet your legal needs.

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.

FROM THE BLOG
  • Blanchard & Walker: Fighting Payroll Fraud for Independent Contractors February 20, 2020
    Clocking overtime
    Company’s Use “Independent Contractor” Agreements to Avoid Paying Overtime to Employees.

    Blanchard & Walker lawyers have been fighting for over a decade to secure the rights of cable technicians and other laborers who have been deprived of overtime pay by the use of “independent contractor” labels.  Still, we are amazed by the depth of the problem and astonished to hear how extreme and widespread the abuse of “independent contractor” classifications has become.   (more…)

  • Proposal Would Limit the Reach of Non-Compete Agreements for Low-Wage Workers January 24, 2020
    House Commerce Committee Hearing on HB 4874

    A bill under consideration in the Michigan Legislature would limit the most abusive forms of overreaching of “non-compete agreements” and end unfair restrictions on low-wage workers.  At a recent committee hearing, B&W Attorney David Blanchard was on hand to testify on behalf of the Michigan Association for Justice – discussing the impact of these restrictions on low wage workers and the drag they have on the Michigan economy. Read MIRS Coverage on HB 4874. (more…)

  • Blanchard & Walker PLLC : Workers on a “Day-Rate” Pay System are Still Owed Overtime Pay. October 31, 2019

    “Day-rate” regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) are very clear: “day-rate” workers” are entitled to additional pay for hours worked over forty in a week. The Department of Labor Regulation, 29 C.F.R. § 778.112, requires that when employees paid on a day-rate work more than forty hours in a week, their hourly rate is calculated by totaling all money received in the workweek and dividing by the total hours actually worked in that week. Such employees are then entitled to an overtime half-time premium for all hours worked over forty that week. (more…)