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Chamber event will help businesses avoid social media pitfalls

Whether your employees post selfies on Facebook or videos on TikTok, you should be aware of the possible legal consequences of social media in the workplace. That will be the topic for this month’s Women in Business Program hosted by the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce.

The event will be held on Tuesday, May 17, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Enterprise Mill Events Center located at 1450 Greene St. The guest speaker is Katrell Nash, a local attorney. Nash will present “Avoid the Legal Landmines: Social Media in the Workplace.”

Katrell Nash

According to an article from LegalZoom, several federal laws apply to social media activity, such as the Communications Decency Act and Stored Communications Act. Violating these laws can lead to civil and criminal penalties.

These laws apply to both personal and professional use of social media platforms. That’s why many companies have policies that regulate employees’ use of social media on the job, particularly on work computers.

“In an age where millennials make up the majority of the workforce, it is no surprise that eight in 10 workers say they use social media at work and 98 percent of employees admit to using social media for personal use,” said Chamber Executive Vice President, Angie Martin. “At this month’s luncheon, we will hear how employers can legally manage this invasive yet valuable tool.”

Martin said attendees will also learn how employees can protect themselves while using social media at work.

Nash graduated from the Mississippi College School of Law and interned at the Mississippi Workers’ Center for Human Rights and the Southern Poverty Law Center.

The cost is $30 for Chamber members and $40 for prospective members. The registration deadline is Friday, May 13 at 3 p.m.

For more information or to register, visit augustametrochamber.com/events/women-in-business-may-2022.

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