Webbert: "Grammar matters"

Read it on Reader’s Digest here Will a single punctuation mark result in 
a huge legal settlement for a group of dairy deliverymen? BY VICKI GLEMBOCKI After working 50 to 60 hours a week with no overtime pay, three delivery drivers decided enough 
was enough. In May 2014, they sued their employer, Oakhurst Dairy in Maine, for…

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Max Brooks Marches for Earned Paid Sick Leave in Portland

Read more on Portland Press Herald here.  Image by Carl D. Walsh of Portland Press Herald featuring Max Brooks marching at Portland rally for earned paid sick time for employees. If the ordinance is adopted, Portland would become the first community in Maine to establish a paid sick leave requirement. The Legislature recently shot down a similar…

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Webbert to Speak on Impeachment & Other Checks on Executive Power

 Read it on the Kennebec Journal site here  WAYNE — Impeachment & Other Checks on Executive Power, a discussion by David Webbert and James Friedman, will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 27, at Cary Memorial Library’s Williams House, 14 Old Winthrop Road. They will discuss impeachment, criminal prosecution, civil rights claims and other…

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The Cost of a Missing Comma

Read the entire story here at Best Lawyers. Oakhurst Dairy Learns the Cost of a Missing Comma To Oxford comma or not Oxford comma isn’t the question Hamlet asked as he contemplated life or death, but maybe he should have. The lack of an Oxford comma in a Maine law has come at an exorbitant…

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Webbert got evidence under oath that supports wrongful termination

Read the entire story here at AdvertiserDemocrat.com. Former Buckfield library director wins unemployment appeal with DOL BUCKFIELD — After initially being denied unemployment benefits, the former Buckfield library director won her appeal with the Department of Labor, which  ruled she was entitled to unemployment. The town can appeal the most recent ruling. West Minot resident Bonnie…

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Comma comeuppance: When rogue punctuation proves costly

(BBC)—A US dairy faces an overtime bill of about $10m (£8m), after a group of truck drivers won a pay dispute that hinged on some punctuation. An appeal court sided with the drivers, saying the lack of a comma in the state of Maine’s overtime laws made the regulations too ambiguous. The ruling has been…

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A Few Words about the Ten-Million-Dollar Serial Comma

(The New Yorker) —The case of the Maine milk-truck drivers who, for want of a comma, won an appeal against their employer, Oakhurst Dairy, regarding overtime pay (O’Connor v. Oakhurst Dairy) has warmed the hearts of punctuation enthusiasts everywhere, from the great dairy state of Wisconsin to the cheese haven of Holland. Nothing, but nothing—profanity, transgender…

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Lack of Oxford Comma Could Cost Maine Company Millions in Overtime Dispute

(NY Times) — A class-action lawsuit about overtime pay for truck drivers hinged entirely on a debate that has bitterly divided friends, families and foes: The dreaded — or totally necessary — Oxford comma, perhaps the most polarizing of punctuation marks. What ensued in the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and…

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