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Happy New Year!It's great to be back to kick off 2021 -- and already there's no shortage of topics to discuss. While the storming of the US Capitol dominated coverage last week, Ewan focused on some news that flew under the radar: Google staff are unionizing. Actually, that's not entirely true, but a group of staff at the search engine giant has taken its first steps towards collective bargaining. Ewan walks us through what happened and why it matters.We couldn't ignore the biggest news of the week, so Cam looked at how Facebook handled the insurrection which rocked Washington. Facebook has long been under fire for questionable -- and sometimes violent -- content uploaded by its users. Its flimsy pretext, that it's a "platform" and not a "publisher", finally collapsed completely on January 6. We examine Facebook's public handling of the protest and how it communicated privately to staff (hint: it wasn't good).In Check This Out, Cam mentioned a brand new podcast (at least to him) that he fell in love with over the holidays, while Ewan recommends a weightier documentary that has close parallels to the 2020 US election.Don't miss any future episodes and get updates about the podcast by signing up to the PR & Law Podcast newsletter. We promise: no spam. Ever.If you enjoy the show, please tell a friend or family member. It's the best way to get the word out and we are very grateful! We also frequently post updates to the stories we discuss on social media. You can find us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. 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 NotesMaryland Company Terminates Employee Who Participated in US Capitol Riot - Twitter'This is Historic': Google, Alphabet Workers Form First-Ever Union - Human Resources DirectorWhat Can a Small Union for Well-Paid Google Workers Accomplish? Quite a Bit, Experts Say - MSNMark Zuckerberg Explains Ban of US President in a Status Update - FacebookTrump Blocked on Facebook Indefinitely, Suspended by Twitter as Tech Platforms Finally Take Action - SalonFacebook Forced its Employees to Stop Discussing Trump's Coup Attempt - BuzzFeedCheck This Out'537 Votes' Revisits Florida Election Chaos in 2000 as a Prelude to 2020  - CNNHeavyweight - Gimlet MediaHostsEwan Christie is an employment lawyer and partner at Duntrune LLP in Toronto, 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.
The vaccines are being rolled out as we speak, but that doesn't mean COVID-19 is behind us. The pandemic has left tens of millions of people out of work and companies struggling to stay alive. This week, Duntrune LLP's Matthew Dewar joins the show to share his expectations for employer/employee relations in 2021. While some long layoffs might be considered termination, seeking a settlement from cash strapped companies could be futile in the midst of a pandemic. He's got some ideas on how employers can manage risk and what laid-off employees should consider, too.Then we look at some positive news from last week: Major League Baseball's decision to include player statistics from the Negro Leagues into the official baseball stat book. The Negro Leagues stopped playing 72 years ago, so it was a long-time coming. While it might appear to be an easy win for MLB, Cam explains why it wasn't quite so simple, and shared his thoughts on what MLB did right as it rolled out the announcement.In Check This Out, we look at the much maligned (but excellent) U2 album Zooropa, which was released 25 years ago. Staying on the music theme, Cam talked about Britney Spears (!?!?), Henry Kissinger, and growing up in Kentucky. You won't want to miss it.This marks the final episode of the PR & Law Podcast in 2020. We managed to complete 37 episodes in 37 consecutive weeks, made simpler by the fact Cam and Ewan have both been locked at home throughout much of the pandemic! We have big plans for the show in 2021 and are always looking to improve it. We welcome your thoughts, criticisms, suggestions, ideas, whatever you've got! You can reach us at podcast@prand.law. We will be back with Episode #38 on January 4.Don't miss any future episodes and get updates about the podcast by signing up to the PR & Law Podcast newsletter. We promise: no spam. Ever.If you enjoy the show, please tell a friend or family member. It's the best way to get the word out and we are very grateful! We also frequently post updates to the stories we discuss on social media. You can find us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. 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 NotesAs it Celebrates the Centennial of the Negro Leagues, MLB May Undo a "Major" Mistake - The RingerMLB Can Add Negro Leagues to Official Records but Can Never Change What it Did to Black Players - ESPNMLB is Correcting a Longtime Oversight in the Game's History by Officially Elevating the Negro Leagues to "Major League" Status - @MLB on TwitterMLB Officially Designates the "Negro Leagues" as Major League - MLB News ReleaseSean Gibson Discusses Grandfather Josh Gibson - MLB Film RoomWillie Mays to get More Home Runs from Negro Leagues? - MLB Film RoomEpisode #36: Why a Blog Beats a News Release - PR & Law PodcastCanva - Design Graphics Quickly and EasilyLumen5 - The Easiest Video Maker for Social Media MarketingCheck This OutU2 - Zooropa - PitchforkThe Unexpected Resonance of Zooropa, U2's Least Remembered Album, 25 Years Later - VoxHow the Enlightenment Ends - The AtlanticThe Oracle of Britney - Vanity FairHillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis - AmazonHillbilly Elegy - NetflixHostsEwan 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.
It's the end of the year, and that can sometimes mean layoffs. It's cruel to let somebody go right before Christmas - at least in western countries - but it happens more than you'd think. This week Ewan helps explain the meaning behind terms like "terminated with cause" and "without cause," and the steps employers should take to reduce risk and treat the employee respectfully. There's lots of good and practical information in this discussion, so don't miss it!Then Cam talks about how blogs are becoming equal to - or even more effective than - the traditional news release. He explains how this change has happened over the last few years, why some continue to resist blogs, and advice for companies who want to tell compelling stories to their audiences and customers.In Check This Out, Ewan shares a remarkable story about well-known website (which we can't name here without triggering all kinds of bots!) and the damage it's causing, while Cam looks at the new docuseries on Netflix about former International Monetary Fund Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Khan.Don't miss any future episodes and get updates about the podcast by signing up to the PR & Law Podcast newsletter. We promise: no spam. Ever.If you enjoy the show, please tell a friend or family member. It's the best way to get the word out and we are very grateful! We also frequently post updates to the stories we discuss on social media. You can find us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. 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 NotesEpisode #29: The Dreaded Workplace Investigation - PR & Law PodcastWhy Your Press Release Doesn't Belong on Your Blog - PrezlyEpisode #32: How PR has Change with Edelman's Simon Murphy - PR & Law PodcastBlogging vs. Press Releases vs. Coverage - Sword and the ScriptBlog vs. News Release - Concentric SolutionsCheck This OutThe Children of P**nHub - New York TimesAn Uplifting Update on the Terrible World of P**nHub - New York TimesRoom 2806: The Accusation - NetflixHostsEwan 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.
We had lots of content planned this week, but a late-breaking story drove a number of requests to the PR and Law Podcast... and we definitely take requests! The longtime anthem singer of an NHL team was fired in a public way after taking part in a "freedom rally" to oppose government restrictions amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Did the team have grounds to fire him? What rights does the anthem singer have? And what about the PR fallout? We go through all of it - in detail.With Christmas around the corner, Ewan also brings up the thorny issue of company holiday parties. They can be rife with potential risk in the best of times, but during a pandemic those risks are exponential. Ewan talks about what companies should think about and how they might be able to avoid some costly problems.In "Check This Out" both hosts turn to business news, with Ewan examining Warner's decision to release 17 feature films on HBO Max, while Cam looks at the Salesforce acquisition of Slack and how Microsoft Teams played a role.Don't miss any future episodes and get updates about the podcast by signing up to the PR & Law Podcast newsletter. We promise: no spam. Ever.If you enjoy the show, please tell a friend or family member. It's the best way to get the word out and we are very grateful! We also frequently post updates to the stories we discuss on social media. You can find us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. 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 NotesCanucks fire anthem singer Mark Donnelly for performing at anti-mask rally - New York PostCanucks cut ties with anthem singer Mark Donnelly over plan to sing at anti-mask rally - Vancouver Sun Inside the decision to have Mark Donnelly on TSN 1040 hours after his firing by Canucks - TSN 1040Episode #9: HBO Max's Marketing Mess - PR & Law PodcastThe Verge's Casey Newton turns to newsletters, the latest well-known journalist to go independent - CamMacMurchy.comCheck This OutHollywood, theatre owners sound off over Warner Bros' bold HBO Max move: 'they're playing with fire' - VarietyHow Microsoft crushed Slack - PlatformerHostsEwan 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.
It looks like we're getting closer to a COVID-19 vaccine, and maybe several of them. Once they're approved and available for widespread distribution, it raises the question of whether employers can demand their employees be vaccinated. There are a number of thorny legal issues around vaccinations and safe workplaces, so Ewan walks us through the possibilities while avoiding the landmines.Cam then looks back at one of the biggest PR and marketing crises of 2020: the Burger King "Rebel Whopper" fiasco in the United Kingdom. Burger King released a burger targeted at vegans, but grilled alongside all-beef patties. The campaign was questionable to begin with, but Cam explains why Burger King's reaction only made the situation worse.Then we look at the loneliness epidemic, Momofuku Chef David Chang's hardscrabble upbringing, and the Queen's Gambit.Don't miss any future episodes and get updates about the podcast by signing up to the PR & Law Podcast newsletter. We promise: no spam. Ever.If you enjoy the show, please tell a friend or family member. It's the best way to get the word out and we are very grateful! We also frequently post updates to the stories we discuss on social media. You can find us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. 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 SourcesBurger King adverts banned for claiming 'Rebel Whopper' is suitable for vegans - The IndependentWhat we can learn from Burger King's latest PR error - MD CommunicationsCheck This Out'The Queen's Gambit' is actually 'Rocky', so your dad will love it - MSNButter is booming, whole milk is back, and dairy is surviving - TechCrunchVivek Murthy on America's loneliness epidemic - Ezra Klein ShowChef David Chang on depression, being a dad, and the burden of 'authenticity' - NPRHostsEwan 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.
An article appeared in a Canadian newspaper this week alleging that workers are slacking off while working from home, "stealing" time from their employer. Ewan completely debunks this argument, saying work has only infiltrated more parts of our lives and left us working longer hours than ever before. Cam and Ewan also discuss what a modern workplace would look like.In this week's PR segment, Cam dives into the world of YouTube influencers. He documents the growth of influencers in general and why they should be an important component of PR or marketing plans. He also shares a few ideas of how to get started.Also: two terrific long reads. One is about MS-13, a gang that terrorized Long Island a few years ago, while the other is a heart wrenching story from Girls' star Lena Dunham on losing her fertility. Ewan also recommends an ambient album he claims is perfect to play while working.Don't miss any future episodes and get updates about the podcast by signing up to the PR & Law Podcast newsletter. We promise: no spam. Ever.If you enjoy the show, please tell a friend or family member. It's the best way to get the word out and we are very grateful! We also frequently post updates to the stories we discuss on social media. You can find us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. 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 NotesAustralians are doing $100 billion worth in unpaid overtime, as remote working comes at a cost - Smart CompanyInfluencers are the new PR tour - Crane's Cleveland BusinessSurprising best friend with Borat - David Dobrick's YouTube ChannelBorat streaming with DrLupo is as chaotic and hilarious as it sounds - Screen RantBorat offers Katy Perry NSFW birthday wishes in video gifted by husband Orlando Bloom - MoviewebCheck This OutA Betrayal - ProPublicaMichael J. Fox - WTF with Marc MaronFalse Labor: Giving Up on Motherhood - Harper's MagazineGabriel Olafs "Absent Minded" - BandcampHostsEwan 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.
We had the privilege of welcoming Edelman Hong Kong Head of Corporate Simon Murphy to the show this week to get his perspective on how the PR industry has changed over the years, what companies often overlook when putting a communications plan together, how the recent US presidential election affected clients far beyond the United States, and what advice he'd give to small businesses struggling with PR.Then Ewan updates the infamous Jeffrey Toobin case. You may recall from Episode 29 that Toobin, a New Yorker staff writer and CNN pundit, accidentally exposed himself during a staff Zoom call. Well, the ax has finally fallen, and Toobin is now out of a job after nearly 30 years with the magazine. Ewan looks at what happened while Cam dissects the trite staff email sent around by New Yorker corporate owner Conde Nast.Also: you won't believe what former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski's wife had to say about her husband catching COVID-19. It's about as bad as it gets!Don't miss any future episodes and get updates about the podcast by signing up to the PR & Law Podcast newsletter. We promise: no spam. Ever.If you enjoy the show, please tell a friend or family member. It's the best way to get the word out and we are very grateful! We also frequently post updates to the stories we discuss on social media. You can find us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. 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 NotesCorey Lewandowski's Wife Just Posted This on Instagram - TwitterTrump Admits Biden Won, but Still Won't Concede - CNBCJeffrey Toobin Fired from The New Yorker for "Zoom Dick Incident" - VultureCheck This OutThe Crisis Isn't Trump, it's the Republican Party - Ezra Klein ShowParler App Grows as Conservatives Debate Free Speech on Social Media - WSJThe Atlantic's Caitlin Flanagan Rips 'Leftist' Media, 'Crying' Anchors: Gotta 'Suck it Up,' 'be Less Partisan' - Fox NewsMiami Marlins Hire Kim Ng, Breaking a Baseball Gender Barrier - New York TimesHostsEwan 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.
We wondered if we'd have a winner declared by the time we recorded Episode #31, and we just made it: Joe Biden was declared President-Elect after securing enough votes in the electoral college to secure victory -- but not without some drama. We dive into all things election, including the chronology of events on election night and the advice PR teams may have been giving the candidates. We also look at the speeches from Trump and Biden on election night and thereafter, picking out parts that worked and others that didn't.Of course, selecting a president wasn't the only thing on the ballot, at least in California. Ewan updates us on Proposition 22, which asked Californians whether they believe gig economy workers like Uber and Lyft drivers should be treated like employees. Ewan and Cam debate the subject, with Ewan detailing why the results matter for gig economy workers.We also look at the future of work, whether Zoom can replace face-to-face interaction, and much more.Don't miss any future episodes and get updates about the podcast by signing up to the PR & Law Podcast newsletter. We promise: no spam. Ever.If you enjoy the show, please tell a friend or family member. It's the best way to get the word out and we are very grateful! We also frequently post updates to the stories we discuss on social media. You can find us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. 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 NotesCalifornia Proposition 22, App-Based Drivers as Contractors and Labor Policy Initiatives (2020) - BallotpediaPresident Trump's Election Night Remarks - YouTubeJoe Biden Speaks Live on Election Night - YouTubeJoe Biden Addresses the Nation After Election Victory - YouTubeCheck This OutHow Joe Biden Changed, and Changed, and Changed - and Made it to the White House - VoxImprecision 2020 - WNYC StudiosLeading from the Living Room: One CEO's Quest to Make the Work-from-Home Revolution Last - Globe and Mail (Paywall)hg 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. He also contributes to Apple news website 9to5Mac and shares his thoughts on PR, media, travel, and technology on his website.
We welcomed special guest Allyson Lee to the PR & Law Podcast this week to talk about her case, which was heard before the Supreme Court of Canada. Very few cases make it that far, so Lee's experience is more rare than you'd think. She walked us through it, from strange book binding to the feeling of directly addressing the seven justices. Lee won the case, which set an important precedent that companies are going to have to contend with, too.Then we look at how to prepare your company for a PR crisis in a year that feels like one big never-ending crisis. Rushing to put out fires is common, but it's always wiser to prevent them before they ignite. We discuss five key points for companies and PR teams to consider.Plus: online services to track journalists and media outlets, a doozy of a story on Jeffrey Epstein, and Glenn Greenwald's tantrum.Don't miss any future episodes and get updates about the podcast by signing up to the PR & Law Podcast newsletter. We promise: no spam. Ever.If you enjoy the show, please tell a friend or family member. It's the best way to get the word out and we are very grateful! We also frequently post updates to the stories we discuss on social media. You can find us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. 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 NotesAllyson Lee - Sherrard Kuzz llpMatthews v. Ocean Nutrition Canada - CanliiPreemptively Planning for a PR Crisis: How to Protect Your Company - ForbesJournalist Database Tools:Muck RackCisionTelum MediaCheck This OutI Called Everyone in Jeffrey Epstein's Little Black Book - Mother JonesMy Resignation from the Intercept - SubstackThe Real Scandal: U.S. Media Uses Falsehoods to Defend Joe Biden from Hunter's Emails - SubstackGlenn Greenwald Resigns from The Intercept - The InterceptThe Aftermath of my Move to Independent Journalism - SubstackHostsEwan 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.
It's not everyday that a case like this lands on our lap: a prominent journalist exposed himself on a company Zoom call, apparently unaware that his colleagues could see what he was doing. It's embarrassing, to be sure, but what's the legal case against the New Yorker's Jeffrey Toobin? He claims it was an accident, so is he still liable for sexual misconduct? What about the PR fallout for Toobin, The New Yorker, and CNN, where he also works as a pundit? It's a fascinating case and we look at it from every angle. Then Cam looks at the top five trends expected to drive corporate communications in 2021, with ESG at the top of the list. ESG and CSR aren't new concepts, but their importance is continuing to grow and become a much larger part of a company's corporate story. Large corporations have been involved in CSR for a while, but what can small or medium-sized businesses do? We explore the answers.Also: RSS and why it's critical to tracking news and social conversations, how Canada could be the biggest "swing state" in the upcoming US presidential election, and the Greater Vancouver-born alt-right starlet that has galvanized the white supremacist movement in the US and Europe.Don't miss any future episodes and get updates about the podcast by signing up to the PR & Law Podcast newsletter. We promise: no spam. Ever.If you enjoy the show, please tell a friend or family member. It's the best way to get the word out and we are very grateful! We also frequently post updates to the stories we discuss on social media. You can find us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. 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 NotesNew Yorker suspends Jeffrey Toobin for masturbating on Zoom call - VICEDon't show your dick on work Zoom - Rolling Stone5 powerful PR trends for 2021 - Public Relations TodayFeedly RSS Reader - FeedlyToxic social media leading to renaissance in RSS readers - CamMacMurchy.comCheck This OutAmerican voters living in Canada increasingly being counted in presidential race - Toronto StarWhy the alt-right's most famous woman disappeared - The AtlanticWhite Noise Documentary - The AtlanticThe alt-right's sad decline documented in White Noise - CamMacMurchy.comHostsEwan 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.
We've all heard about workplace investigations, and many of us have been a part of them in some form or another. This week Ewan talks about why workplace investigations are sometimes necessary, how employers should conduct them to ensure they mitigate risk, and provides some surprising advice for employees who find themselves in investigators' crosshairs. It's definitely worth a listen.Then Cam explains content marketing, which has taken off in recent years to become a staple of many successful companies. Cam explains how content marketing works, what you should know before starting, and why it's beneficial.We also discuss three new albums perfect for fall listening, the prospect of war over Taiwan, and how to pronounce "Toronto".Don't miss any future episodes and get updates about the podcast by signing up to the PR & Law Podcast newsletter. We promise: no spam. Ever.If you enjoy the show, please tell a friend or family member. It's the best way to get the word out and we are very grateful! We also frequently post updates to the stories we discuss on social media. You can find us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. 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 NotesCoronavirus: Hong Kong, Singapore reach agreement in principle on 'world's first' two-way, quarantine-free travel bubble - South China Morning PostCheck This OutMatt Berninger - 'Serpentine Prison' review: poise and prowess from The National frontman - NMEKevin Morby - Sundowner - Music OMHJames Blake - 'Before' EP: A gorgeous, much-needed trip back to the dance floor that'll leave you buzzing - The Forty-FiveThat photo of Billie Eilish isn't brave. It's just typical. - BuzzFeedHostsEwan 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.
The dreaded Performance Improvement Plan is something workers want to avoid, but employees do have ways to protect themselves. Ewan gives some great advice on how to respond to PIPs, as they're known, and ensure that your voice is heard. On the management side, Ewan explains what companies should do to make sure their PIPs are air-tight.Then Cam dives into the sexting and extra-marital affair scandal that has engulfed North Carolina Senate candidate Cal Cunningham. Politicians cheating on their spouses is a story as old as time, but the expectations are changing and so have PR approaches. Cam makes the case that Cunningham has only made the situation worse, and provides some advice on how to approach these thorny issues in a more advantageous way.Plus: Mental Health Day and the crazy story of eBay executives stalking bloggers.Don't miss any future episodes and get updates about the podcast by signing up to the PR & Law Podcast newsletter. We promise: no spam. Ever.If you enjoy the show, please tell a friend or family member. It's the best way to get the word out and we are very grateful! We also frequently post updates to the stories we discuss on social media. You can find us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. 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 NotesNorth Carolina Senate Candidate's Sex Scandals Renews GOP Hopes of Keeping Majority Despite Trump's Drag on the Ticket - CNNCal Cunningham Gives Weak Response to Questions of his Adultery - NationalFileEpisode #19 - McDonald's Plunged into Crisis over Serial-Dating CEO - PR & Law PodcastCheck This OutInside eBay's Cockroach Cult: the Ghastly Story of a Stalking Scandal - New York TimesHostsEwan 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.
We debate Walmart's recent settlement of a class-action lawsuit claiming the company had discriminatory hiring practices because of a physical test used to screen candidates. Ewan looks at the thorny issues of candidate screening, what Walmart did wrong, and what other companies should be careful of during the hiring process.US President Donald Trump's health is making headlines around the world, but communications from the White House have left a lot of questions unanswered. Cam dives into the chronology of events and looks at the performance of doctor Sean Conley, the president's physician, during media briefings.Plus: the history of militias in the US and the widening education gap as a result of COVID-19.Don't miss any future episodes and get updates about the podcast by signing up to the PR & Law Podcast newsletter. We promise: no spam. Ever.If you enjoy the show, please tell a friend or family member. It's the best way to get the word out and we are very grateful! We also frequently post updates to the stories we discuss on social media. You can find us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. 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 NotesWalmart settles female applicants' hiring-bias complaint for $20 million - Society for Human Resource ManagementPresident Trump has COVID-19: A timeline of his travels leading up to a positive coronavirus test - USA Today Sean Conley: Who is the Trump doctor whose updates are raising questions - The GuardianCheck This OutThe students left behind by remote learning - New YorkerStreet Food Asia - NetflixEzra Klein Show: A dark, dangerous debate - Apple PodcastsArmed and Dangerous - WNYC StudiosHostsEwan 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.
We hit the quarter century mark by looking closely at the internal strife at Facebook after audio from staff meetings was leaked to reporters. Ewan looks at the situation from an employment lawy point of view, but it also raises several big questions about how the company deals with PR challenges both internally and externally -- made even more complicated by CEO Mark Zuckerberg's relationship with President Donald Trump.Then we dive into some tips and advice for managing a PR crisis related to cyberattacks, which are on a steep rise. Nearly all companies collect data of some kind, and understanding how that data is stored and managed in advance is critical to reporting quickly and accurately if there happens to be a breach. We discuss the questions you should be asking of your own IT and business teams and how to put a crisis communications plan together.Then we offer up an album recommendation for the fall, along with a podcast series that may not make relax you, but will definitely capture your attention.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 NotesThe election that could break America - The AtlanticThe Atlantic Daily: A Q&A with Barton Gellman - The AtlanticMark in the Middle - The VergeSteering a Cybersecurity PR Crisis in 2020 - ForbesHong Kong Airline Cathay Pacific Apologizes Over Data Breach but Denies Cover-up - Hong Kong Free PressCheck This OutFleet Foxes Release New Album Shore - PitchforkLocked Up Abroad - WonderyHostsEwan 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.
While America continues to wrestle with racism, most people would be shocked at how tolerant other countries are of overt discrimination. Case in point: the removal of Star Wars actor John Boyega from Jo Malone's advertisements in China -- because he's black. It's not the first time this has happened to black actors in China, and not even the first time it's happened to John Boyega! Cam looks at what went wrong, why this is not a situation with easy answers, and what PR teams can consider before signing off on a global ad campaign.Ewan dives into the issue of public access to case law and other legal documentation in the United States, and explains why this seemingly mundane issue is so critically important to people everywhere.Also: looking again at Enya and the Beastie Boys, TikTok's combative PR statement, and the thorny issue of intellectual property.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 NotesTravel bubble for Hong Kong: will overtures to 11 countries get the city anywhere amid COVID-19 pandemic? - South China Morning PostThe class of RBG - SlateBill to tear down federal courts' paywall gains momentum in congress - Ars TechnicaWhat should brands do when they're 'cancelled'? - The DrumJohn Boyega drops Jo Malone after being cut from brand's China ad - The DrumJohn Boyega gets apology from perfume brand Jo Malone after being cut out of Chinese commercial - Variety'Star Wars' China poster sparks controversy after shrinking John Boyega's character - VarietyThe 'racist' China washing powder ad and the truth about Afrophobia in China - QuartzBlack man is washed whiter in racist Chinese detergent advert - The GuardianTikTok says Trump ban attempt shows 'no adherence to the law' - The VergeCheck This OutEnya is everywhere - PitchforkThe 'Beastie Boys Story' documentary is both a history lesson and a raw live experience - PitchforQAnon explained with NBC's Ben Collins - Recode Media PodcastBuying myself back: when does a model own her own image? - The CutHostsEwan 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.
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.
We dissect the fascinating case of former McDonald's CEO Steve Easterbrook, who was fired last year for having a consensual relationship with an employee in violation of the company's policies. Fast forward to this week, when McDonald's management announced they uncovered other relationships and sued Easterbrook to claw back his severance package. We'll explain why this case is groundbreaking, and take a look at the fascinating legal and PR implications.Then Cam dives into social media, particularly how companies should plan for a crisis. He shares a number of tips to lower risk and make sure companies are communicating effectively online.Also: a look at Norsemen on Netflix, an incredible podcast on the 1980s adult film industry and scandal that nearly brought it to its knees, and a few jokes at Quibi's expense!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 LinksMcDonald's Steve Easterbrook: A New Approach to Sacking? - BBCEllen DeGeneres Scandal (Discussed on Episode #18) - PR & Law PodcastAmericas are Wary Over the Role Social Media Sites Play in Delivering the News - Pew Research CenterHow to Use Social Media for Crisis Communications and Emergency Management - HootsuiteChina Law Blog'We're All Being Fired! Exciting!': HMV Staff Take to Official Twitter Account to Liveblog Their Own 'Mass Execution' - The IndependentCheck This OutNorsemen - NetflixThe Porn Industry's Biggest Scandal is Also an Unsolved Mystery - Vanity FairOnce Upon a Time... in the Valley - Apple PodcastsIs Anybody Watching Quibi? - Vulture'You guys, we have three new shows out today. (thread)" - Quibi on TwitterRyan Renolds Now Owns Mint Mobile - CNETHostsEwan Christie is an employment lawyer and partner at Duntrune LLP in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.Cam MacMurchy is the director of global communications with one of the biggest technology companies in the world, which is listed in Hong Kong. He is also the curator of the Digital Bits PR and Communications newsletter and blogs at CamMacMurchy.com.
The scandal engulfing Ellen DeGeneres has been a PR nightmare for the popular talk show host, but also creates a significant challenge for the brightest minds in PR. We dissect what has transpired so far, where mistakes were made, and sift through advice from PR professionals on what to do next to save the show -- and her own reputation.COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc on the economy, pushing 40 million people out of a job in the US alone. But while layoffs and furloughs are common, those aren't the only tools in management's toolbox. More employees are finding themselves facing pay cuts or demotions, some of which leave employees in very different roles from what they were hired to do. If this sounds like you, Ewan has some excellent advice -- so listen up!Then we look at how some of the lowest paid jobs turned out to be the most "essential" during the pandemic, how Canadian comedian Jim Carrey overcame his own fears to become a star, and some wrenching photos from ground zero in Hiroshima and Nagasaki mere weeks after nuclear bombs utterly destroyed both cities.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 ResourcesFormer Employees Say Ellen’s “Be Kind” Talk Show Mantra Masks a Toxic Work Culture - BuzzfeedDozens of Former “Ellen Show” Employees Say Executive Producers Engaged in Rampant Sexual Misconduct and Harassment - BuzzfeedDakota Johnson YouTubeHow Ellen will Try to Fix Her Scandal, According to Crisis PR Experts - ViceCheck This OutRed Lobster is Not Essential - New YorkerEvil Geniuses: The Unmaking of America - Kurt AndersonI Was a Useful Idiot for Capitalism - The AtlanticAfter Atomic Bombings, These Photographers Worked Under Mushroom Clouds - NYTJim Carrey - WTF Pod with Marc MaronHostsEwan 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.
The author of "Crisis Ahead: 101 Ways to Prepare for and Bounce Back from Disasters, Scandals, and Other Emergencies" Edward Segal shared practical advice for companies communicating with staff about COVID-19, including how to manage layoffs or furloughs in a caring, empathetic way. He also critiqued Facebook's communications performance from the Cambridge Analytica scandal in 2016 to today, and why companies currently boycotting the service could find themselves with their own scandals to manage. The 30-year communications veteran also shared tips on preparing a great speech, how to stay calm before facing the media, and why keeping up with technology is important.We also discuss some changes to employment contracts as a result of COVID-19 that gives employers much more room to layoff staff. Ewan encourages people to read their contracts carefully.Also: the death of Regis Philbin, Hong Kong's embarrassing reversal on restaurant closures just one day after implementation, and why 'success addicts' are choosing being special over being happy.A transcript of the entire episode has been published on CamMacMurchy.com.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 are also welcome to subscribe to our YouTube channel.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 SourcesCrisis Ahead: 101 Ways to Prepare for and Bounce Back from Disasters, Scandals, and Other Emergencies - AmazonCrisis Ahead Podcast - EdwardSegal.comHong Kong Bans Eating in Restaurants. And then it Doesn't - New York TimesRegis Philbin, Legendary TV Host, Dies at 88 - PeopleWilford Brimley, 'Cocoon' Star and Quaker Oats Pitchman, is Dead at 85 - New York TimesA Brief History of 'Karen' - New York Times'Success Addicts' Choose Being Special Over Being Happy - The AtlanticThe World Quietly Inches Closer to War - CamMacMurchy.comHostsEwan 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.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez shows off her communications skills in a passionate rebuttal to Republican Ted Yoho following a confrontation earlier in the week. We dissect her approach and explain why it worked so well, then mentioned a few other tips to become a compelling public speaker. COVID-19 cases may still be on the upswing, but companies are asking reluctant employees to come back to the office. If you don't feel safe, what options do you have? Then..."Release the Kraken!" went from an obscure movie reference to centerstage in a genius marketing maneuver in Seattle. We also look at the ice cream museum meltdown, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and 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 are also welcome to subscribe to our YouTube channel.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 SourcesHow Trump is Helping Tycoons Exploit the Pandemic - New YorkerZoom Embroiled in Data Scandal (Discussed in Episode 2) - PR & Law PodcastRep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Full Response to Rep. Ted Yoho - YouTubeThe Power of Introverts by Susan Cain - AmazonThe Class of RGB - SlateSeattle Kraken Officially Announce Team Name and Logo with Banner Unveil - YouTubeI Scream. You Scream. The Meltdown at the Museum of Ice Cream - Forbes 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.
Lessons from the world of PR and employment law are more pertinent than ever, especially as the pandemic continues to spread rapidly across the US and now in Hong Kong, too. Ewan provides a definitive answer on whether stores can make you wear a mask, and when a person might have a legitimate case to ignore the policy.Then we dive into some PR lessons from 30-year PR veteran Edward Segal, the author of a new book called "Crisis Ahead: 101 Ways to Prepare For and Bounce Back from Disasters, Scandals, and Other Emergencies". We dissect some of his key takeaways, including advice for companies on managing a #MeToo crisis, monitoring social media 24/7, why it's important to engage with reporters, and whether to even think about getting involved with Twitter.We also discuss the feelings on both sides of the Canada-US border and how COVID-19 has left the Toronto Blue Jays baseball team without a place to play.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 are also welcome to subscribe to our YouTube channel.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 Sources'Toronto is in Canada': Twitter Fires Back at Laura Ingraham Tweet - HuffPostAmy Cooper Fired after Central Park Tantrum (Discussed in Episode 8) - PR & Law PodcastUnited Airlines Hits PR Turbulence (Discussed in Episode 13) - PR & Law PodcastSpray Tans, Pants-Wetting and Little Hands: the GOP Race Goes in the Gutter - Washington PostPandemic Threatens Decades of Women's Labor Force Gains - RBCKicked Out of China, and Other Real-Life Costs of a Geopolitical Meltdown - New York TimesHostsEwan 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 raced through the show this week with so much to cover. We kicked off looking at how COVID-19 has come back with a vengeance, and not just in the US this time. We look at how discrimination works on religious grounds, and then dive into the story of TikTok, what it is, how it works, and why governments are banning it.If you enjoy the podcast, please tell a friend or family member. We are very grateful! You can also follow us on social media on LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook with the account name PRLawPodcast. You can also subscribe to the PR & Law Podcast on YouTube. If you have a question for the hosts, please post it to social media with the hashtag #PRLawPod.Links and SourcesSCOTUS Holds Teachers are 'Ministers,' Rules Religious Schools Don't Have to Follow Anti-Discrimination Laws - Law and CrimeProposed Class Action Against Skip the Dishes Moving Forward After Supreme Court's Uber Ruling - CBCAB 5 Employment Status - State of CaliforniaWhat TikTok Said a Day After Being Blocked - NDTVTikTok's New CEO is Facing His First Big Challenge After India Banned the App and Left Tiktok's Thousands of Indian Employees Stuck in Limbo - Business InsiderThe Humbling of the Anglo-American World - Financial Times (Paywall)Slate Star Codex and Silicon Valley's War Against the Media - New YorkerRobinhood Has Lured Young Traders, Often with Devastating Results - New York TimesVietnam's Successful Fight Against Covid (Discussed in Episode #13) - PR & Law PodcastUber Driver Sues Uber (Discussed in Episode #12) - PR & Law PodcastHostsEwan 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.
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Apr 12th, 2020
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