RE: For all you comma-chasers out there -- second attempt

Subject: RE: For all you comma-chasers out there -- second attempt
From: "Janoff, Steven" <Steven -dot- Janoff -at- hologic -dot- com>
To: TECHWR-L Writing <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>, Slager Timothy J <Timothy -dot- Slager -at- dematic -dot- com>, Ken Poshedly <poshedly -at- bellsouth -dot- net>
Date: Thu, 16 Mar 2017 17:47:31 +0000

No.

"Distribution" is a normal part of their duties (they're drivers). "Packing for distribution" is not (they don't "pack").

If the serial comma had been included, then "distribution" would have been set off as its own task, and they would therefore be exempt from overtime.

Without the comma, it becomes "packing for shipment or distribution" which is the equivalent of "(packing for shipment) or (packing for distribution)." Because in this case "distribution" is not listed as an exemption, they would be eligible for overtime.

If the comma had been there they would have lost, and would likely not have brought the case.

Steve

On Thursday, March 16, 2017 12:05 AM, Timothy J Slager:

Except, if I read it correctly, it didn't change the case. Either way, the drivers would have won.

Still, nice story.

tims

-----Original Message-----
From: On Behalf Of Ken Poshedly
Sent: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 8:58 PM
To: TECHWR-L Writing
Subject: For all you comma-chasers out there -- second attempt

In case it didn't make it the first time . . .
http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/15/health/oxford-comma-maine-court-case-trnd/index.html

-- Ken in Atlanta

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