Law and Legislation


Library managers should be familiar with a wide variety of state and federal employment laws.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) - A portion of the ADA requires employers to provide equal opportunity to persons with disabilities.

  • US Department of Justice ADA - An extensive list of resources to help comply with ADA. A "Best Practices Toolkit" is available for state and local governments. The Tool Kit is designed to teach state and local government officials how to identify and fix problems that prevent people with disabilities from gaining equal access to state and local government programs, services, and activities.
  • Great Lakes ADA and Accessible IT Center - The website for the federally funded Disability and Technical Assistance Center serving Wisconsin. Offers a wealth of resources for all aspects of the ADA, including Title I, which covers employment. Staff of the center can also provide assistance via email, US mail and telephone.

Equal Opportunity Employment - The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is responsible for enforcing federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person's race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information. The laws apply to all types of work situations, including hiring, firing, promotions, harassment, training, wages, and benefits.

Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) - Establishes minimum wage, overtime pay and child labor standards. Certain employees may be exempt from the law. Visit the US Department of Labor  for basic information on FLSA.

Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) This law requires employers to grant up to twelve weeks of unpaid leave to employees under certain conditions found in the links below. Because the state and federal laws differ, care should be taken to learn about both.

Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development  - A list of laws administered by DWD, including links to brief information on each law.

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Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)  - The Great Lakes Disability and Business Technical Assistance Center offers information, technical assistance, training and it can answer questions about the ADA.

Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA)  - The Division for Libraries, Technology and Community Learning provides an FAQ on CIPA.

Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) - The US Department of Labor offers compliance assistance for the Fair Labor Standards Act on its website.

Family and Medical Leave Act(FMLA) - The US Department of Labor website provides an overview of the Family and Medical Leave Act. Federal law permits states to pass laws providing more generous family and medical leave requirements to employees.

Patriot Act  - The American Library Association has a variety of information on complying with the Patriot Act and how the law affects libraries and their patrons. 

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Wisconsin Library Law - Contains the text (PDF) of Chapter 43, which governs public libraries in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Open Meetings Law  - A compliance guide written by the Wisconsin Attorney General’s office.

Wisconsin Public Records Law  - The Division for Libraries, Technology, and Community Learning answers frequently asked questions about the Wisconsin Public Records Law.

Legislative Resources  - The Wisconsin Library Association provides resources on legislation affecting libraries in Wisconsin.

Regional Legislators - A Wisconsin State Legislature's search page for legislators offers maps and searches from municipality or address.

The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development - Explains The Wisconsin Family and Medical Leave Act and links to several good sources of information including this comparison between Wisconsin and federal Family Medical Leave Act requirements.

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