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What's New - Kristina Martinez

Jennifer Haas

Please Welcome Jennifer Haas to MCLL!

We are excited to welcome Jennifer Haas as the new branch librarian at Milwaukee County Law Library. Jennifer comes back to MCLL after working in various law libraries and law firms. She is familiar with the MCLL mission having worked part-time at MCLL in 2011-2012. Please join us as we welcome Jennifer to MCLL!

The Windy City Hosts the AALL Annual Meeting - Julie Tessmer

The American Association of Law Libraries Conference theme this year was Make it New: Create the Future.

When I think back to my first AALL Conference in 1999 it's amazing how the times have changed. This year's hot topics include: Internet Privacy, Tracking E-Resources and Statistics, Archiving Federal Government Web Content, and Virtual Footprints: Vetting People in the Digital Age. One of the highlights of my weekend was touring the ABA headquarters in the heart of downtown. As we were escorted through the editors' floor, we took in the amazing view of the river below and had a chance to meet some of the folks still working into the evening.

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This Just In - Pete Boll

New Title!
America Votes!: Challenges to Modern Election Law and Voting Rights, 3rd edition, by Benjamin E. Griffith
American Bar Association, 2016
Call Number: KF 4886 .A86 2016

Looking forward, it seems like 2016 will be quite an election year. The United States will elect a new president as well as new members to the Senate and House of Representatives. In addition many State and local elections will also take place. These 2016 elections will be hugely significant, not only for the United States but for the world. The authors of the chapters in this 3rd edition explore the administration and technology of elections, voting rights, the access of citizens to the ballot, and redistricting. Specific topics addressed include:

  • How to defeat voter suppression initiatives
  • The use of census data to prove citizenship in voting rights litigation
  • The increasing importance of "early voting" in all elections
  • The administrative challenges presented by recounts and post-election contests and audits
  • Whether the Federal Election Commission is fulfilling its mandate on campaign finance disclosures
  • The challenges presented by one-person, one-vote redistricting

New Edition!
Wisconsin Employment Law, 6th edition, by Peter Albrecht and others
State Bar of Wisconsin, 2016
Call Number: KFW 2734 .W576

Completely revised with all new contents, this three volume practice guide provides comprehensive treatment of Wisconsin law governing private-sector, nonunion employment. Legal developments examined in this new edition include:

  • Recent changes to Wisconsin's workers compensation system and unemployment insurance provisions
  • A new chapter on advising LGBT clients about employment law
  • A Wisconsin Supreme Court decision regarding restrictive covenants
  • The elimination of Wisconsin's prevailing wage requirements applicable to local governmental units on January 1, 2017
  • Differing viewpoints on 2015 Wisconsin Act 1, the Right-to-Work Act
  • A ruling by the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals on de facto and indirect employers in Title VII situations
  • A Wisconsin Supreme Court decision on federal preemption applied to a wage claim

New Titles RSS Feed See our latest New Titles list for a list of new books and other resources.

For assistance in accessing these or other resources, please contact our Reference Desk.


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Tech Tip - Heidi Yelk

Targeted searching with Google

It's no surprise that Google is the most commonly used search engine. Results are often so "on target" that it is easy to throw in a few keywords and forgo any advanced search language. However, when seeking information from a specific source or type of source, it pays to remember a few advanced search tricks.

Website search

Add the URL to your search terms to restrict your search to that page (or related pages). Two examples:

Note: the latter search includes information from all agencies using the Wisconsin.gov domain.

vacation pay termination site:wisconsin.gov

File type

Add filetype to search terms to filter for only those kind of documents. Examples:

Why restrict by file type? Many useful documents are often found in publication format (usually PDFs) or educational/meeting presentations (often power point (ppt)). Restricting for these file types can cut down on search time.

Domain / Website type

Add a domain (aka site type) to search terms to limit results. Examples:

If you forget the search syntax for Google advance searching, go to the Advanced Search page; to refresh your memory.

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Breastfeeding in Public and the Workplace: WSLL Resource Guide - Jaime Healy-Plotkin

August is National Breastfeeding Month and August 1-7, 2016 is World Breastfeeding Week. In recognition we have compiled this resource guide on Wisconsin and Federal laws regarding breastfeeding in public and in the workplace.

Breastfeeding magazine cover
Cover of Your guide to breastfeeding

Wisconsin law

Federal law

  • Fair Labor Standards Act, Section 7 "Break time for nursing mothers provision"
    The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ("Affordable Care Act") amended section 7 of the Fair Labor Standards Act ("FLSA") to require employers to provide reasonable break time for an employee to express breast milk for her nursing child for one year after the child's birth each time such employee has need to express the milk. Employers are also required to provide a place, other than a bathroom, that is shielded from view and free from intrusion from coworkers and the public, which may be used by an employee to express breast milk. The break time requirement became effective when the Affordable Care Act was signed into law on March 23, 2010.
  • Break Time for Nursing Mothers under the FLSA (US Dept. of Labor)
    Fact sheet and frequently asked questions.


Books in our library

Case law

  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Houston Funding II, Ltd. 717 F.3d 425
    "Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) brought action against employer on behalf of female former employee, alleging employer unlawfully discharged employee because she was lactating and wanted to express milk at work."
  • Martinez v. NBC, Inc, 49 F. Supp. 2d 305
    "The core claim in this case is that plaintiff's employer, MSNBC Cable LLC ("MSNBC") was insufficiently accommodating of plaintiff's desire to pump breast milk in the workplace so that she could breast feed her child while also returning to work promptly after childbirth.”


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Odds 'n' Endings - Kristina Martinez

August 7, 1848: Election of Judges

The legislature passed the first election date for judges of the circuit courts to be held the first Monday of 1848. August 7th of 2016 will be the 168th anniversary of the election. The act, which starts on page 19 of the Laws of 1848, also establishes the classification and organization of the judiciary of Wisconsin. Other items of interest are: the oath taken by the judges elect, the seals used by the court, and the salary of probate judges ($1,005 yearly). For more information on the history of the first election, check out this book from our collection, Story of a Great Court by John Bradley Winslow (1912).

Three early Supreme Court justices pictured from Story of a Great Court

Image from: Story of a Great Court by John Bradley Winslow (1912), page 102[i]

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