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
  • Delivery Driver Class Action Lawsuits at Blanchard & Walker November 2, 2021

    Many companies require workers to use their own cars for work, yet fail to reimburse their drivers adequately for the use of the car.  Here’s what you don’t know about Pizza delivery drivers.  Delivery drivers end up putting thousands of miles of wear-and-tear on their cars, paying for gas and repairs — before they realize the true cost of delivery driver work.  (more…)

  • Should I be Getting Overtime Pay If I am Paid on Commissions? October 4, 2021

    There is an “Commission Sales” overtime exemption under Fair Labor Standards Act, 29 USC Section 207(i)… but are those payments really “commissions”?

    Under Section 207(i) commission sales employees are exempt from overtime requirements, but only if:

    1. the regular rate of pay of such employee is in excess of one and one-half times the federal minimum hourly rate (1.5 x 7.25/hr) , and
    2. more than half their compensation for a representative period (not less than one month) represents commissions on goods or services.  29 U.S.C. 207(i).

    There are plenty of people that work under phony “commission plans” who actually should receive overtime pay at time and a half for their hours over 40.  (more…)

  • Public, Private Employers Roll Out Workplace Vaccination Requirements for In-Person Work August 2, 2021

    As Michigan employers prepare for a return to in-person work, Michigan’s Universities are leading the way on vaccination policies. On July 30, 2021, Both Michigan State University and the University of Michigan rolled out mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policies for all employees (and students) returning to campus this fall.  Many hospitals and health-care settings have already announced similar policies.  With proper exemptions in place, mandatory vaccination policies (more…)