Maine's law says the following activities do not qualify for overtime pay: "The canning, processing, preserving, freezing, drying, marketing, storing, packing for shipment or distribution of: (1) Agricultural produce; (2) Meat and fish products; and (3) Perishable foods."The court, while not agreeing, found that the provision was ambiguous and, therefore, the drivers win.
The drivers said the lack of a comma between "shipment" and "or distribution" meant the legislation applied only to the single activity of "packing", rather than to "packing" and "distribution" as two separate activities.
And because drivers distribute the goods, but do not pack them, they argued they were therefore eligible for overtime pay - backdated over several years.
Friday, March 17, 2017
Comma Ca Va
Oxford commas are not redundant, as the dairy industry in Maine is finding out.