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The PR & Law Podcast looks at the issues of the day through a public relations and legal lens, sharing insights and practical advice for businesses, entrepreneurs, in-house counsel, and communications pros. It's recorded live each week from Hong Kong and Toronto.

We also love to take questions! Whether it's about employment law, PR, or anything else, just tag us on social media with #PRLawPod and we'll answer your question on the show.

The podcast is published each week on Sunday afternoon Eastern Time / Monday morning in Hong Kong.

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The PR & Law Podcast looks at the issues of the day through a public relations and legal lens, sharing insights and practical advice for businesses, entrepreneurs, in-house counsel, and communications pros. It's recorded live each week from Hong Kong and Toronto.

We also love to take questions! Whether it's about employment law, PR, or anything else, just tag us on social media with #PRLawPod and we'll answer your question on the show.

The podcast is published each week on Sunday afternoon Eastern Time / Monday morning in Hong Kong.

Subscribe now!

    What's Next for Amazon Staff and Brands Find Themselves Stuck in the Middle of Culture Wars

    What's Next for Amazon Staff and Brands Find Themselves Stuck in the Middle of Culture Wars

    This week we learned that the strongest push yet for a union inside e-commerce juggernaut Amazon fell short. Ewan sifts through the wreckage to try and find the way forward for both the company and its staff. We also discuss how labor unions have fallen out of favor and might need an image overhaul.

    "Cancel culture" seems to be on everyone's lips these days. When you combine it with severe political and cultural polarization, the result is companies being squeezed in the middle, often forced to take sides. The most recent example was Major League Baseball's decision to pull its all-star game from the US state of Georgia in opposition to new voting laws that could make casting ballots more difficult. Cam looks at the tough choice companies have to face, and provides a few examples from China, where local brands have faced similar pressure for many years already.

    Plus: a dive into the world of Biggie and Tupac and the rap war of the 1990s that left both talented artists dead. You'll also be surprised to learn where the term 'cancel culture' came from.

    Don't miss any future episodes and get updates about the podcast by signing up to the PR & Law Podcast newsletter at PRLawPodcast.club. 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 with the account name PRLawPodcast. You are also welcome to 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.

    Full links and show notes are available on the PR & Law Podcast official website at PRandLawPodcast.com.

    • 45 min
    Amazon Braces for a Workers' Union and Why You Should Avoid an April Fool's Day Gag

    Amazon Braces for a Workers' Union and Why You Should Avoid an April Fool's Day Gag

    The ballots have been cast and the counting has begun on a vote that could bring foundational change to Amazon.com, the "everything store" that has only grown during the pandemic. Amazon has fought hard against unions in the past, and some are fearful of what Amazon might do once the ballots are counted and the result is known. Ewan looks into what's happening at the Amazon fulfillment warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama, and why he thinks unions might be on the rebound after decades of decline.
    Then we touch on an issue that often divides communications and marketing people: the April Fool's Day joke. "Voltswagen" had egg on its face for its screw-up this year, but it wasn't the first April Fool's Day joke to backfire on a company and likely won't be the last. Cam looks at some other examples of what has worked and what hasn't, with some advice on how to approach April Fool's Day if your company is considering getting in on it next year.
    Plus: a thorough ranking of the Muppets from NPR, professional bowler and trash talker Pete Weber hangs 'em up, and thoughts on two incredible films nominated for Best Picture at the upcoming Academy Awards.
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    Links and Show Notes
    https://www.cnet.com/news/amazons-union-vote-whats-at-stake-in-the-alabama-warehouse-election/ (Amazon's Union Vote: What's at stake in the Alabama Warehouse Election) - Cnet
    https://theintercept.com/2021/03/25/amazon-drivers-pee-bottles-union/ (Documents Show Amazon Is Aware Drivers Pee In Bottles) - The Intercept
    https://contentmarketinginstitute.com/2021/03/risky-content-brands-april-fools-day/ (Is April Fool's Day Worth the Risk for Brands?) - Content Marketing Institute
    https://www.fastcompany.com/90621139/forget-voltswagen-volkswagen-is-the-real-april-fool (Forget Voltswagen, it's Volkswagen that is the Real April Fool) - Fast Company
    https://www.prand.law/episode/episode-47-burger-kings-controversial-or-just-misunderstood-tweet (Episode #47: Burger King's Controversial (or Just Misunderstood?) Tweet) - PR and Law Podcast
    Check This Out
    https://www.sonyclassics.com/film/thefather (The Father) - Sony Pictures
    https://a24films.com/films/minari (Minari) - A24 Films
    https://www.npr.org/2021/04/02/983005703/a-ruthless-ranking-of-the-25-best-muppets-according-to-listeners (Best Muppets, Ranked Ruthlessly) - NPR
    https://theathletic.com/2492529/2021/04/02/who-do-you-think-you-are-he-was-pete-webers-famous-celebration-endures-as-he-retires-from-pba-tour/ ('Who do you Think you Are?' He was: Pete Weber's Famous Celebration Endures as He Retires from PBA Tour) - The Athletic
    Hosts
    Ewan Christie is an employment lawyer and partner at https://duntrune.law/ (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 http://signupfor.digitalbits.today/ (Digital Bits PR) and Communications newsletter. He also contributes to Apple news website https://9to5mac.com/ (9to5Mac) and shares his thoughts on PR, media, travel,

    • 41 min
    A Debate on Long Working Hours and Facebook PR Floods the Zone

    A Debate on Long Working Hours and Facebook PR Floods the Zone

    While vaccinations are happening and people are itching to get out from under the year-long COVID-19 pandemic, some parts of life may never go back to normal -- such as remote work. Ewan and Cam have a spirited debate on the merits of remote work, why some people thrive and others have problems adjusting. The discussion is against a backdrop of a Goldman Sachs deck with analysts complaining of a poor work-life balance. We try and get to the bottom of it.

    Then we take aim (again) at Facebook. The MIT Technology Review published a lengthy article on Facebook's failures around AI and combatting disinformation -- particularly around the January 6 insurrection in Washington -- which triggered a multi-pronged response from Facebook PR. We talk about Facebook's tactics and debate what might work, and what just seems sleazy.

    You'll want to stay right to the end for a hilarious story about 90s muscle man and "I can't believe it's not butter!" spokesperson Fabio, who had a rather unfortunate and bloody incident involving a goose and a rollercoaster. Yeah, you'll want to hear it.

    Don't miss any future episodes and get updates about the podcast by signing up for the PR & Law Podcast newsletter at PRLawPodcast.club. 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 with the account name PRLawPodcast. You are also welcome to 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.

    Full links and show notes are available on the PR & Law Podcast official website at PRandLawPodcast.com.

    • 48 min
    The Boom in Companies Spying on Employees, and AstraZeneca's Loss of Trust

    The Boom in Companies Spying on Employees, and AstraZeneca's Loss of Trust

    Workers often suspect their bosses may be spying on them, either via security cameras or software that can track their internet use. But as Ewan explains this week, it's gotten much, much worse than that. New, more invasive technology is driving a boom in companies surveilling their staff with tools like real-time monitoring of staff computer screens, keystroke logging, and more. Ewan details what's going on and how workers can try and protect themselves.

    COVID-19 remains a dark cloud over most of the world, but there's genuine excitement about the ramping up of vaccinations -- with the possible exception of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. There is so much public skepticism about the British vaccine that even several European governments suspended its use last week. It's an excellent example of how trust can be lost, and how providing facts and reassurance usually aren't enough to rebuild it.

    Cam also talks about his experience taking COVID tests in Hong Kong and shares news that he's already got an appointment to get the first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine in the next 10 days.

    In Check This Out, Ewan recommends a particular artist and song, despite his description on the show (you'll have to hear it!). Then Cam talks about the controversial four-part docuseries Allen v. Farrow on HBO which looks at accusations that famous film director Woody Allen sexually abused his adopted daughter, Dylan.

    Don't miss any future episodes and get updates about the podcast by signing up for the PR & Law Podcast newsletter at PRLawPodcast.club. 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 with the account name PRLawPodcast. You are also welcome to 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.

    Full links and show notes are available on the PR & Law Podcast official website at PRandLawPodcast.com.

    • 47 min
    Burger King's Controversial (or Just Misunderstood?) Tweet

    Burger King's Controversial (or Just Misunderstood?) Tweet

    Sometimes companies inadvertently draw media attention for a mistake -- or gaffe -- in their communications. Amazon is a great example, which just had to change its new phone icon because people felt it resembled Hitler's mustache. Burger King has a different story, though -- it walked itself right into a crisis. Five controversial words landed the company in a boiling vat of vegetable oil. Cam and Ewan debate how the ominous Tweet should have been considered, and Cam explains why ultimately it doesn't matter when planning communications campaigns.

    The workplace has already changed since COVID-19 hit a year ago, but more changes are coming. Ewan mentions a clause that companies are beginning to put into employment contracts that could leave the employee high and dry. He explains what to look for and why it's a problem.

    We also discuss late-night HBO host Bill Maher, Professor Scott Galloway, and the beautiful film Nomadland.

    Don't miss any future episodes and get updates about the podcast by signing up for the PR & Law Podcast newsletter at PRLawPodcast.club. 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 with the account name PRLawPodcast. You are also welcome to 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.

    Full links and show notes are available on the PR & Law Podcast official website at PRandLawPodcast.com.

    • 46 min
    Check Before Signing that Contract, and the 2021 State of Social Media for PR Pros

    Check Before Signing that Contract, and the 2021 State of Social Media for PR Pros

    The pandemic has shaped or impacted nearly every business over the past year, including how PR professionals use social media and other digital tools to get their messages out. This episode marks the first time we've done a "State of Social Media for Corporations", and it contains some surprising trends. Social media use by Fortune 500 companies has actually declined quite significantly since 2019, with Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube all trending down. What are companies turning to instead? You might be surprised.

    As the post-pandemic economic recovery begins in many parts of the world, the job market is also expected to heat up. Ewan takes us into the world of employment contracts and what applicants should look out for if offered a job. He's got some excellent, practical tips on how to negotiate your benefits package and properly review the offer of employment and contract.

    Plus: the radical changes in Hong Kong are picking up speed, and revisiting the greatness of the 1990s Chicago Bulls.

    Don't miss any future episodes and get updates about the podcast by signing up for the PR & Law Podcast newsletter at PRLawPodcast.club. 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 with the account name PRLawPodcast. You are also welcome to 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.

    Full links and show notes are available on the PR & Law Podcast official website at PRandLawPodcast.com

    • 49 min

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