Drivers Win Overtime Dispute Because of Missing Comma: An Interview with Michael D. Thompson

Employment Law This Week

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Employment Law This Week (Episode 65: Week of March 27, 2017) has released bonus footage of its interview with Michael D. Thompson, a Member of the Firm at Epstein Becker Green.

As Mr. Thompson discusses, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit recently ruled that an exemption in the states overtime law is ambiguous enough to support the drivers’ overtime claim. The drivers argued that the exemption applies only to workers who pack perishable food products for distribution—and not those who actually distribute the products. On appeal, the First Circuit agreed that a missing “Oxford” comma makes the drivers’ reading of the exemption a reasonable one.

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