Ewan is a founding Partner at Duntrune LLP in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, a boutique litigation firm specializing in Employment Law. He was also a co-founder of The Nanfang, a popular news and information site based in Southern China from 2011-2016. Ewan co-hosts the PR & Law Podcast.
It's not widely known outside of China, but the country's food delivery services are already light years ahead of everyone else. The food delivery market - estimated at US$45 billion per year, or double the size of the U.S. market - has grown by cutting costs to the bone and promising shorter and shorter delivery times. Then a magazine's expose looked at the safety shortcuts drivers were taking, pushing the issue into the forefront of news coverage and online discussion. Both Meituan and Ele.me found themselves in the midst of a PR crisis, but they handled it completely differently. We look at what worked -- and what didn't.COVID-19 has obviously taken a huge toll, forcing millions of people out of work and giving national economies a massive body blow. As bleak as it's been, some people are suffering a lot more than others. We look at what's wrong and how to fix it.Also: 12 Hongkongers flee to Taiwan but are nabbed by China's coast guard before they reach their destination, Ewan recommends a new podcast from Serial and the New York Times, and much more.If you enjoy the podcast, please tell a friend or family member. We are very grateful!Don't miss a new episode or an update to topics discussed on the show by following us on social media. You can find our accounts on LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook with the account name PRLawPodcast. You can also subscribe to our channels on YouTube and Soundcloud.If you have a question we would be happy to answer it on the show! Just post it to social media with the hashtag #PRLawPod.Links and Show NotesBeijing labels 12 Hongkongers caught at sea as separatists, as Shenzhen Police confirm group under criminal detention - South China Morning PostWhen it comes to the pandemic economy, we are not all in this together - Globe and Mail (paywall)Why China's food delivery is better than yours - Radii China"A painful read": New report on the dangers facing China's Delivery Drivers Goes Viral - Radii ChinaCheck This OutNice White Parents - Apple PodcastsOnce Upon a Time... in the Valley - Apple PodcastsWhy are conservatives obsessed with pedophilia right now? - David M. SchellHostsEwan Christie is an employment lawyer and partner at Duntrune LLP in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.Cam MacMurchy is a corporate communications executive with a multinational technology company listed in Hong Kong and curator of the Digital Bits PR and Communications newsletter. He also contributes to Apple news website 9to5Mac and shares his thoughts on PR, media, travel, and technology on his website.HostsEwan Christie is an employment lawyer and partner at Duntrune LLP in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.Cam MacMurchy is a corporate communications executive with a multinational technology company listed in Hong Kong and curator of the Digital Bits PR and Communications newsletter.
We open the show talking about renewed protests in both the United States and Hong Kong, then dive right into the confounding issue of workplace cultures after Netflix's strange unique work environment became public. How do office cultures form? Are they top down or bottom up? Regardless, they are contentious because workplace cultures can often be fodder for legal cases. Ewan talks about what to look out for.Cam then goes into some foundational PR lessons with some help from former US presidents Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton, including why spokespeople should never, ever, say "no comment".Then we find an ideal escape from the doom and gloom with the quirky and lovable Poolside FM.If you enjoy the podcast, please tell a friend or family member. We are very grateful! Don't miss a new episode or an update to topics discussed on the show by following us on social media. You can find our accounts on LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook with the account name PRLawPodcast. You can also subscribe to our channels on YouTube and Soundcloud.If you have a question we would be happy to answer it on the show! Just post it to social media with the hashtag #PRLawPod.Links and Show NotesNetflix's company culture is not for everyone, and that's how it should be - Business InsiderWhy Netflix's uncomfortable office culture works - Globe and MailHow to say "no comment" without actually saying it - PR News OnlineCheck This OutThe Eco-Yogi Slumlords of Brooklyn - New YorkPoolside FM - Poolside FMPoolside FM is the most fun you will have on the internet today - TechCrunchHostsEwan Christie is an employment lawyer and partner at Duntrune LLP in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.Cam MacMurchy is a corporate communications executive with a multinational technology company listed in Hong Kong and curator of the Digital Bits PR and Communications newsletter. He also contributes to Apple news website 9to5Mac and shares his thoughts on PR, media, travel, and technology on his website.
What a week! Another senseless killing of a black man in America by law enforcement, an historic boycott by NBA players, more violent protests in U.S. cities, and the 2020 Republican National Convention thrown in too. We get through all of it, looking for PR wins and tough lessons, particularly for companies looking to find the right words to communicate to their employees, the community, and their customers.Then Ewan dives into hairstyles, and why a growing number of U.S. states and Canadian provinces have already made clear that employers can't discriminate based on hairstyle. He explains what this means for both employers and employees.Plus: why the NHL was a day late from their NBA counterparts in boycotting games, E. Jean Carrol's remarkable story and new series with The Atlantic, and even a reminder to be on the lookout for colorectal cancer in light of the tragic death of Chadwick Boseman.If you enjoy the podcast, please tell a friend or family member. We are very grateful! Don't miss a new episode or an update to topics discussed on the show by following us on social media. You can find our accounts on LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook with the account name PRLawPodcast. You can also subscribe to our channels on YouTube and Soundcloud.If you have a question we would be happy to answer it on the show! Just post it to social media with the hashtag #PRLawPod.Show Notes and LinksRNC 2020: Kimberly Guilfoyle's speech makes waves on social media - New York PostVirgina's new law against hair discrimination and how we got here - ForbesThe Canadian Council of Business Leaders Against Anti-Black Systemic Racism - Osler (PDF)A black AGO worker was told her hair could 'scare' customers. The gallery agreed that was discrimination and promised to do better. A year later, she's still fighting for justice - The StarHow leaders should address racially charged events - and what to avoid - according to a crisis PR expert - Business InsiderChris Webber gets emotional addressing NBA player protests: 'It's the young people leading the way, and I applaud them' - MediaiteCheck This OutColorectal cancer statistics 2020 - The American Cancer SocietyHideous Men: Donald Trump assaulted me in a Bergdorf Goodman dressing room 23 years ago. But he's not along on the list of awful men in my life - New York Magazine'I moved on her very heavily': Part 1 - The AtlanticHostsEwan Christie is an employment lawyer and partner at Duntrune LLP in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.Cam MacMurchy is a corporate communications executive with a multinational technology company listed in Hong Kong and curator of the Digital Bits PR and Communications newsletter. He also writes his own blog.
Uber and Lyft drivers in California are demanding to be treated as employees, with all the benefits and protections that entails -- but will it work? Could the ride sharing companies survive? We tell you what the law says, dissect the PR battle being waged, and explain why it's a fascinating case that could reverberate across the entire gig economy.Then we hear some shocking audio from a live, televised baseball broadcast and the surreal apology interrupted by a home run. Should Cincinnati Reds on-air guy Thom Brennaman lose his job? And is his legacy be ruined? Is "Cancel Culture" a thing?We also dissect President Barack Obama's speech at the Democratic National Convention, find some lessons in the movie Groundhog Day, and useful tips on navigating the internet. Plus: never forget that Google is your friend.If you enjoy the podcast, please tell a friend or family member. We are very grateful!Don't miss a new episode or an update to topics discussed on the show by following us on social media. You can find our accounts on LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook with the account name PRLawPodcast. You can also subscribe to our channels on YouTube and Soundcloud.If you have a question we would be happy to answer it on the show! Just post it to social media with the hashtag #PRLawPod.Show Notes and LinksWatch Obama's full speech at the Democratic National Convention - New York TimesUber and Lyft say the battle over AB-5 is about preserving flexibility for part-time gig workers. The reality is their businesses have become dependent on full-time drivers and they can't afford to pay them like Employees - Business InsiderEpisode #12: A raucous debate over the 'gig economy', Uber driver sues Uber, when doxxing goes too far, VIP parties and root bear - PR & Law PodcastCincinnati Reds suspend broadcaster Thom Brennaman after he uttered an anti-gay slur on air - CNNThom Brennaman's slur was wrong, but so is selective justice - New York PostMike Milbury off NHL playoff broadcasts after insulting comment about women - ESPNCheck This OutWhat Ellen's Kindness Concealed - The AtlanticGroundhog Day (1993) - IMDBHostsEwan Christie is an employment lawyer and partner at Duntrune LLP in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.Cam MacMurchy is a corporate communications executive with a multinational technology company listed in Hong Kong and curator of the Digital Bits PR and Communications newsletter. He also writes his own blog.
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