Episode #35: The Controversial Firing of an Anthem Singer for Joining an Anti-Lockdown Protest, and Avoiding Trouble at Holiday Parties in a Pandemic
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.
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Ewan 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.