Who is considered a “supervisor” can often determine liability in both workers’ compensation claims and in sexual harassment cases, although the standard of who is a “supervisor” is different. In sexual harassment situations, there are different liability standards depending on whether the accused harasser is a co-worker or a supervisor. The U.S. Supreme Court issued Vance v. Ball State University on June 24, 2013, establishing bright line test for who is a “supervisor” in harassment cases brought under Title VII. A. Supervisors in Worker’s Compensation Claims. In worker’s compensation claims, who qualifies as a supervisor or “superior” most frequently arises where lack of notice of the claim is raised as a defense. O.C.G.A. §34-9-80 provides that every injured employee or his representative shall, immediately on the occurrence of any accident or as soon thereafter as practicable, give or cause to be given to the employer…  “or the immediate superior of…       Read More

Southeast Water Wars: Georgia Winning Over Alabama And FloridaInternational Business TimesThis year, Sen. Sessions tried to use the Water Resources Development Act of 2013 to limit Atlanta’s ability to take water from two federal reservoirs that Alabama also depends on, but the Senate ultimately approved the WRDA in May without his provision. The Land Report The Land Report MagazineLand Reports article on the Tennessee River dispute. Environmental leaders study Flint RiverAlbany Herald A diverse team of around 40 people, representing leaders in Georgia government, business, industry and non-profit came together at the Hilton Garden Inn this week. Their purpose was to learn about Southwest Georgia water — as related to the Flint River — and to talk with farmers and other stakeholders in the environmental picture.

Merkel urges global data protection deal  GlobalPost German Chancellor Angela Merkel has come out strongly in favour of an international agreement to protect electronic data, following revelations by fugitive former intelligence analyst Edward Snowden about US surveillance programme PRISM. “We should … National Data Breach Policy Could Have Health Care Implications iHealthBeat During a House subcommittee hearing on Thursday, technology experts called for the creation of a national data breach notification law that could pre-empt state data breach regulations, Modern Healthcare’s “Vital Signs” reports. Such a law likely would … Hackers attack online phonebook Truecaller  Los Angeles Times Saying they took advantage of an out-of-date WordPress system, members of a Syrian cyber-hacking group are claiming they swiped reams of user data this week from crowdsourced online phonebook Truecaller. In a statement Thursday, the Swedish startup … NC companies’ secrets at risk, cyber terrorism experts say  WRAL.com Raleigh, N.C. – Meat,…       Read More

Cyber crime ‘will soon hit top ten business risks’  Business Technology Companies are placing greater importance on the risk of cyber crime, according to the Global Risk Management Survey carried out by Aon Risk Solutions. Cyber crime has climbed to 18th place in the report, but Aon were … Knesset stymies major cyber attack The Times of Israel The Knesset successfully fended off a severe cyber attack on the parliament’s computer system Sunday night, a spokesman said. According to spokesman Yotam Yakir, all the attacks were countered by the Knesset cybersecurity staff, with the assistance of … At Commerce Dept., false alarm on cyberattack cost almost $3 million  Washington Post … in June 2012, asked Zinser to investigate the response. “The EDA did not know what it was facing,” said Blank, who left the Obama administration this spring. “Under those circumstances, given the cyber risks [to the government], one has…       Read More

European regulators step up pressure on Google over privacy policies  Washington Post (blog)   European regulators have become more critical of Google’s business practices in the past year, including French and Spanish authorities who say Google’s policies do not comply with their data protection rules. Privacy advocates say that questions about …   US-EU talks to begin Monday, will discuss data protection and privacy  Fox News “It will deal with data protection and privacy rights of EU citizens falling within the competence of the EU, addressing the scope and composition of future meetings,” the presidency said in a statement. Barroso said that process was “very important to …   Group ‘Anonymous’ Targets Hawthorne Police Department For Fatally Shooting … CBS Los Angeles CBS2’s Suzie Suh said the cyber threat is being taken seriously and Hawthorne Police are on high alert. “Anonymous” is known for hacking into – and shutting down…       Read More

About That Ruling On The Developable Area Of Jekyll…Your Move LegislaturePeachpundit.comLast week we brought you news that Georgia’s Attorney General Sam Olens issued an opinion requested of him from the Jekyll Island Authority as they work on a new master plan for the island. GWSP Round II Application NotesGeorgia Water Wire (blog)In April of 2013, the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA) announced receipt of eleven applications for Round II of the Governor’s Water Supply Program (GWSP).  In short, the GWSP is a three year initiative that is supposed to fund water supply projects for communities in need of supply. Daily showers account for biggest water use in UK homes, figures showGuardian.co.ukBritons are also inflating their energy bills by over-filling kettles and hand-washing crockery rather than using more energy-efficient dishwashers. County opposes reservoirDawson Community NewsScott Cole of the Georgia Reservoir Co., the private partnership working with Dawsonville to build the reservoir,…       Read More

The U.S. Supreme Court issued Vance v. Ball State University on June 24, 2013, clarifying who is a “supervisor” in harassment cases brought under Title VII.  As explained below, an employer may be strictly liable for the actions of a “supervisor” who can impose a “significant change in employment status, such as hiring, firing, failing to promote, reassignment with significantly different responsibilities, a decision causing a significant change in benefits.” Such a “bright line” test will give employers a clear standard of who is a supervisor and is an improvement over the EEOC’s recommended Guidance. It should make it easier in many fact scenarios to obtain a summary judgment based on “supervisor” status. Hostile Environment Harassment Title VII protects employees against workplace discrimination. In 1986, the Supreme Court first extended this workplace discrimination protection beyond terminations, discipline, etc. to include harassing behavior as well. In 1988, the Supreme Court issued…       Read More