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WSLL @ Your Service September 2016

What's New - Kristina Martinez

September is Library Card Signup Month

Library cards are a great way to help streamline your legal research. Check out practice materials from any of our three libraries. Use your card to sign in to online databases and research primary law, legal news and articles.

Learn more on our Library Card Sign-Up page and find out what a Wisconsin State Law Library card can do for you.

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Tony Lattis

Tony Lattis joins Library Staff

We are excited to welcome Tony Lattis as the new briefs library assistant at Wisconsin State Law Library. Tony has a BA in History and German and has studied abroad in both Austria and Germany. He has experience as both a reading room supervisor and a project assistant with the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections at Memorial Library. Please join us as we welcome Tony to WSLL!

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This Just In - Pete Boll

New Edition!
Paralegal Ethics Handbook, 2016-17 edition, by Ellen Lockwood
Thomson Reuters, 2016
Call Number: KF 320.L4 P39

The Paralegal Ethics Handbook is a resource for all paralegals that addresses ethical considerations for 17 practice areas, as well as considerations for in-house, corporate, freelance, administrative, governmental, and regulatory law paralegals. This edition address issues such as:

  • Defining ethics and ethical obligations
  • Ethical considerations for e-filing, e-discovery, and technology
  • Resources for state information and paralegal association ethics canons, plus related information
  • Rules and regulations for all 50 states and Washington, D.C
  • How to determine whether an action may be an ethical violation

New Edition!
Wisconsin Wages and Hours Handbook, 4th edition, by James J. Chiolino
State Bar of Wisconsin, 2016
Call Number: KFW 2734 .D46 2016

Compensation is at the heart of the employment relationship. This handy one volume handbook can help navigate the complex laws and regulations governing compensation in the areas of:

  • Compensable work hours
  • Calculating overtime
  • Exempt vs. nonexempt status for overtime
  • Permissible and impermissible payroll deductions
  • Recourse for employees who are not paid properly or on time
  • Special rules for migrant and seasonal workers

The newly revised fourth edition incorporates discussion of important new legal developments, including:

  • A challenge to the federal minimum wage and overtime requirements extended to home care workers
  • A Wisconsin Supreme Court decision on whether employee time spent changing into and out of sanitary and protective clothing is compensable time
  • A U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division interpretation of joint employment
  • Elimination of Wisconsin's prevailing wage requirements applicable to local governmental units effective January 1, 2017

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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

Quick fix for auto-fill mistakes - Internet Explorer and Firefox

Have you ever made a typo when entering your login name on a social media website? If you also use "auto fill," you probably see that typo pop up every time you login to that website.

There's an easy fix to remove the mistake from auto-fill. And it does not require changing your browser settings or clearing your cache. When typing your user name, simply highlight the unwanted user name from the generated list and press delete on your keyboard. This will remove it from auto fill.

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WSLL Recommends: Neighbor Law - Carol Hassler

Neighbor Law

Problems with neighbors can be fraught with emotion, as well as difficult to research. When we get questions about trees, boundary disputes, or fences one of our favorite books is Nolo's Neighbor Law: fences, trees, boundaries & noise. This book is written in plain language with the non-attorney reader in mind and provides overviews of the issues and sample letters.

Chapters on tree damage and boundaries include sample letters and agreements on particular aspects of each issue. This book is supplemented by FAQs and articles on Nolo.com's Neighbors legal topic page.

If you just need a quick statutory reference, flip to the tables in the back with 50 state surveys on the following:

  • Injury to trees
  • Private nuisance
  • Boundary fence disputes
  • Adverse possession
  • Right-to-farm

Check out Neighbor Law: fences, trees, boundaries & noise from the Wisconsin State Law Library and Dane County Law Library.

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Odds 'n' Endings - Carol Hassler

Wisconsin State Law Library is a Pokéstop

There is a park near my house that has always enjoyed regular traffic, mostly from joggers and dog walkers. However, lately this tiny park has exploded in popularity, with players gathered beneath the trees intent on their phones. They're playing Pokémon Go and the park is a Pokéstop - a GPS-tagged waystation within the game.

The Wisconsin State Law Library serves as a Pokéstop, along with several downtown landmarks. While you're playing Pokémon Go be sure to stop by the library to grab some Pokéballs and other goodies. The library has public wifi and outlets where you can charge your phone. We're located on the second and third floor of the Risser Justice Center. Pick up a brochure or bookmark while you're here and learn about what the library can do for you.

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