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Episode #20: Should Uber Drivers be Treated Like Employees? Also: "Cancel Culture", a Baseball Broadcaster Ruins His Career in a Split Second, and Groundhog Day
Episode 2024th August 2020 • Talking Shop Podcast • Cam MacMurchy and Ewan Christie
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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.

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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 writes his own blog.