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Blog Posts by Subject: Government and Law

Lawmen and Badmen: The Tin Star of the Old West

In the early American West, the lawman might be a U.S. marshal, appointed by the Attorney General, or he might be a local sheriff elected to office by the townfolk. The distinction often makes no difference in old Western movies, but is an optimum detail in the pursuit of genealogy and local history research in the Milstein Division, where reference librarians must wrangle between the local, county, state, and federal levels in order to rope in relevant resources for patron requests.Read More ›

Filing Taxes at SIBL

Once again The Science, Industry and Business Library offers two Tax Assistance programs. Fliers are available throughout SIBL and are reproduced here with a brief description of both programs. Please also consult Income Tax Information 2015 for tax filing help offered across the library.Read More ›

New Yearbook of the United Nations Launched

The Yearbook of the United Nations—published by the Department of Public Information and available at the NYPL—stands as the authoritative reference work on the activities and concerns of the organization. Read More ›

Six Books on Criminal Justice to Read After Season One of "Serial"

Beyond just the need of proving the innocence of a potential wrongfully convicted person, the show has brought to light issues of crime, sentencing, prison and the potential injustices we face. Read More ›

Keeping Up on the Minimum Wage

This is the Department of Labor blog post, authored by Tom Perez, Secretary of the Labor Department. In his post, he states that a minimum wage job barely covers one person's basic needs. Read More ›

Raising the Minimum Wage Would Benefit LGBT Families

This is the Department of Labor blog post authored by Carl Fillichio, head of the Labor Department's Office of Public Affairs. Carl states that many LGBT workers are employed in low-wage jobs and supporting families. 5.4 million of them would benefit greatly from increasing the national minimum wage. Read More ›

Protecting Workers from Intimidation, Retaliation

This is the Labor Department blog post authored by Tom Perez, Secretary of Labor. In his post, Tom asserts that intimidation and retaliation in the workplace are against the law, the department will use every enforcement tool including litigation, civil money penalties, liquidated damages, debarment, and warrants to protect workers' rights and may even seek temporary restraining orders to protect workers and their wages while the department's investigation continues.Read More ›

Class Act: Researching New York City Schools with Local History Collections

The history of education in New York City is fraught with strikes, moral stewardship, ethnic discrimination, caritas, religious debate, political bias, Fame, and Welcome Back, Kotter. This guide will serve as a springboard for researching primary and secondary school history at NYPL and elsewhere.Read More ›

Working Together to Promote Inclusive Workplaces

Unite magazine, a bi-monthly lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) business publication, featured Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy Kathy Martinez in an article "Working Together to Promote Inclusive Workplaces" in its October/November issue. Read More ›

Podcast #31: Philip K. Howard on the Constitution, Washington Finger-Pointing, and Why It's So Hard to Change a Broken Legal System

Philip K. Howard is a renowned legal reformer and the author of three books. His latest work is The Rule of Nobody: Saving America from Dead Laws and Broken Government. Read More ›

Acting on Climate Change

From rising sea levels worsening the storm surge during Superstorm Sandy to the increase in extreme weather events, effects of anthropogenic (human-caused) climate change are being deeply felt around the world with every passing day. But far from feeling helpless about a global situation, there are positive actions you can take, from the political to the personal, to point us in a better direction. In light of two New York City events, the U.N. Climate Summit this September 23 and the People’s Climate March on September 21, here is a consolidation of some resources on the topic.Read More ›

Constitution Day at the Bronx Library Center

The birth of our government is celebrated on September 17, also known as Constitution Day.Read More ›

美國報稅與財產揭露 : 全球第一本美國稅法中文化巨著 || US taxation and foreign asset reporting

Meiguo bao shui yu cai chan jie lu : quan qiu di yi ben Meiguo shui fa Zhong wen hua ju zhu = US taxation and foreign asset reporting Read More ›

New City Jobs Posted... Be Prepared with Test Books from the Library!

The City of New York has just begun a new fiscal year, starting on July 1. With this new year comes new opportunities within the employment sector. A wave of new jobs and their applicable tests have opened up... and as a result there is a surge of interest in test preparation books from the New York Public Library.Read More ›

One Giant Leap for Mankind: Finding Moon Landing Reports at the Library

Government documents of the moon landing can be found at the Science, Industry and Business Library.Read More ›

Modernizing Protections for Whistleblowers

This is the Department of Labor blog authored by Anthony Rosa, the Acting Deputy Director for Whistleblower Protection Programs. Anthony explains what must be done to update OSHA's whistleblower protection statute.Read More ›

Presidential Proclamation: Women's History Month 2014

Women’s History Month had its origins as a national celebration in 1981 when Congress passed Pub. L. 97-28 which authorized and requested the President to proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982 as “Women’s History Week."Read More ›

Court Officer Trainee: Prepare for 2014 Exam

Information about the exam and how to prepare using books and electronic resources at the library.Read More ›

Guide to NYC Employment Laws for LGBT Workers

The New York City Bar Association LGBT Rights Committee has published "Know Your Rights: A Guide to NYC Employment Laws for LGBT Workers."

The NYC Bar Association notes that this pamphlet is designed to provide general legal information to LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) individuals who have questions about their workplace rights and employment laws applicable in New York City. This pamphlet does not provide legal advice, and is not a substitute for legal advice. The NYC Bar Association encourages individuals with questions about their rights 

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January Author @ the Library Programs at Mid-Manhattan

A mystical history of NYC below Chambers Street… the link between our financial and environmental crises… the life and photographs of Ansel Adams… our

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