Natalie MacDonald

Natalie MacDonald
Rudner MacDonald LLP
Founding Partner
Employment & Labour

Founding partner of Toronto employment law firm Rudner MacDonald LLP, Natalie MacDonald provides senior counsel on all issues in employment law, including policy and contract drafting, hiring process issues, terminations, discipline, restrictive covenants, employment contracts, employment standard issues, workplace bullying and harassment, human rights and sexual harassment.

She represents both employees and employers, and assists in providing each with clear, practical advice, in an effort to help them understand their rights and obligations.

A graduate of the Faculty of Law of the University of Windsor, Ms. MacDonald received her Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from Queen’s University and was called to the Ontario Bar in 2000.

Ms. MacDonald has been repeatedly named among Canada’s Top Employment Law Practitioners.

One of her cases, Antidormi v. Blue Pumpkin Software Inc. [2004] is considered a leading decision in the area of inducement of employees to organizations.

In addition, Ms. MacDonald authored Extraordinary Damages in Canadian Employment Law, a first-of-its-kind legal textbook published in 2010.

Ms. MacDonald was the Editor-in-Chief of the respected Employment Bulletin for seven years, as well as a routine contributor to Canadian HR Reporter, Canadian Employment Law Today and Canadian Employer.

She also chairs and speaks at conferences frequently, including those held by the Law Society of Upper Canada, Osgoode Professional Development Updates, the Ontario Bar Association, and the Human Resources Professional Association.

Ms. MacDonald is the founding Co-Chair of the Employment Law Practice Essentials Conference; a program director of the Osgoode Professional Development HR Law for HR Professionals course, and has been an instructor since its inception.

In addition, Ms. MacDonald serves as a director on two not-for profit Boards: Ridgeford Charitable Foundation and Brenyon Way Charitable Foundation; a former board member of a women’s shelter; a member of a Task Force for Social Justice spearheaded by the Chief Justice of the Ontario Court of Appeal, and also provided opinion to University of Toronto Law School in that same vein.

Natalie MacDonald In The News
Vital for employers to investigate all harassment complaints

Bullying and harassment are the top issues facing Canadian workplaces — and employers need to be sure to investigate each and every complaint that is brought forward, ... Read more

Common workplace injuries require accommodation, flexibility

With injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome and eye strain common in the workplace, employers can provide ergonomically assistive equipment and other accommodation to help ensure ... Read more

MacDonald recognized as Canada's employment litigation law expert

(Jan. 23, 2017 - Toronto) — Natalie MacDonald , co-founder of the boutique employment law firm Rudner MacDonald LLP , has been recognized by Global Law Experts ... Read more

Drunk or high at work? Get ready for tough consequences

(Jan. 12, 2017 — Toronto, ON)  —  The holiday season is over but for some, the revelry continues long after the New Year’s celebrations. But if ... Read more

Holiday party etiquette: avoid issues with alcohol

Employers have a duty to ensure alcohol does not cause problems at holiday parties, and there are several ways to do that, Toronto employment lawyer Natalie MacDonald tells ... Read more

Instantaneous demands of email pushing workers over the edge

The proliferation of email and social media is contributing to an “unsustainable” pace in many workplaces, leading to mentally distressed employees who may eventually ... Read more

‘Tis the season to hire seasonal workers

November 28, 2016 (Toronto) —  ’Tis the season for retailers, restaurants and recreational companies to hire part-time workers. It can be a great way for ... Read more

Flexible workplaces the wave of the future

Employers who ignore the call for more flexible workplaces will face challenges attracting and retaining the best talent in the future, says Toronto employment lawyer ... Read more

What to do when your CEO goes rogue?

Toronto, ON   —  What do you do when your CEO goes off the rails, creates mayhem and nothing you do stops the downward spiral? This question is on the minds ... Read more

Poisoned work environment means more lawsuits to follow

Although a settlement has been reached in a high-profile lawsuit between a Fox News anchor and her former boss, the appearance of a poisoned work environment in ... Read more

Document examples, processes during boss dispute

A fight between two bosses can be the start of a poisoned workplace — and for employees caught in the middle, there are a number of steps to take in order to ... Read more

Paid sick leave a win-win for employers, employees

Mandating paid sick leave for the more than one million Ontario workers who don’t currently have it would ultimately benefit both employees and employers, says ... Read more

You meet an employment lawyer at a BBQ: what question do you ask?

Toronto, ON  —  When employment lawyers Stuart Rudner and Natalie MacDonald are out at social events, from barbecues to cocktail parties, people want their expert ... Read more

Natalie MacDonald named leading lawyer in ‘Women in Business Law’ guide

Toronto, ON  — Natalie MacDonald , co-founder of the boutique employment law firm Rudner MacDonald LLP , has been selected as one of the leading labour and employment ... Read more

OCA restricted by statement of claim when awarding damages

While the Ontario Court of Appeal (OCA) went a long way to increase damages awarded against a Mississauga company that launched a “campaign of abuse” to force a deaf ... Read more

Rudner MacDonald LLP named a top Canadian boutique employment firm

Rudner MacDonald LLP has been selected as one of the top three employment and labour law firms in Canada , according to the inaugural Canadian HR Reporter Readers' Choice ... Read more

Natalie MacDonald nominated in Top 25 Most Influential

Natalie MacDonald , a Toronto employment lawyer and co-founding partner of Rudner MacDonald LLP , has been nominated one of Canada’s Top 25 Most Influential lawyers. ... Read more

Safe workplace starts with employer

Although recent high-profile examples of toxic workplaces at both the Canadian Olympic Committee and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation were serious, Toronto employment ... Read more

Recognition of miscarriage as disability 'highly significant'

A recent Ontario Human Rights tribunal finding that miscarriages should be considered a disability reflects a long-awaited new era of sensitivity for women, says Toronto ... Read more

Commission's hard line against sexualized dress codes a "breakthrough"

The Ontario Human Rights Commission’s calls for an end to sexualized dress codes is a “breakthrough” for anyone — male or female — who has ... Read more

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