Doug MacLeod

Doug MacLeod
MacLeod Law Firm
Employment & Labour

Principal of MacLeod Law Firm, a Toronto labour and employment law firm, Doug MacLeod provides strategic employment law advice and representation on all aspects of the employee/employer relationship.

Called to the Ontario Bar in 1989, Mr. MacLeod focuses on the areas of wrongful dismissal, employee terminations, severance packages, employment contracts, compliance with statutory requirements including employment standards, human rights, and occupational heath & safety legislation, human resource policy development, dealing with human rights complaints, workplace safety, and responding to union organizing activity.

Mr. MacLeod received his Bachelor of Laws degree from Queen’s University in 1987 and an Honours Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business from the University of Western Ontario in 1983.

A frequent speaker to associations and professional groups, Mr. MacLeod regularly publishes articles on all aspects of employment law and has taught the Law Society of Ontario’s continuing personal development course.

Doug MacLeod In The News
How important are the deadlines in your severance package?

By Doug MacLeod You are terminated from your job and your employer offers you a severance package. They give you one week to sign the offer and ask that you sign a full ... Read more

Employment legislation switch leaves lawyers, HR consultants scrambling

Employment law in Ontario has become more politicized than ever following the passage of recent legislation, Toronto employment lawyer  Doug MacLeod     tells  ... Read more

Valuing employee pensions in wrongful dismissal cases

By Doug MacLeod A long service, older worker is terminated. Under the terms of the individual’s pension plan, the employer is not permitted to continue his ... Read more

Fixed-fee services becoming more attractive to clients

Fixed-fee services provide a range of options that an employer would not necessarily get by hiring counsel on an hourly basis, and this can help prevent potential legal ... Read more

Cannabis legalization: behind the smoke and mirrors

By Doug MacLeod Whether you’ve been looking forward to October 17, 2018 or whether you’ve been dreading it, the legalization of recreational cannabis in ... Read more

Cannabis-related human rights claims on the horizon

Toronto employment lawyer Doug MacLeod  tells  Law Times   it’s likely the courts will see more human rights challenges related to claims an employer failed ... Read more

MacLeod Law Firm adds new associate

Toronto employment lawyer Doug MacLeod  tells  that an increase in the firm’s caseload and a growing clientele has made it necessary for him ... Read more

A benefit of working past 65: employee benefits must continue

By Doug MacLeod A recent human rights decision may result in Ontario employers paying higher premiums for group employee benefit plans. The employee was a secondary ... Read more

Employment law update: mid-year report

By Doug MacLeod In this blog, as we enter the dog days of summer, I will review five current trends and developments in Ontario’s employment laws. 1. A new ... Read more

Seminars to review significant human rights, labour law issues

Employers will have an opportunity to learn more about the impact of changes to the legal landscape on workplaces this October during two seminars, Toronto employment ... Read more

Employers must probe any claims of work harassment

Every employer in Ontario has the legal obligation to probe all claims of workplace harassment, says Toronto employment lawyer Doug MacLeod . And it requires someone who ... Read more

The cost of terminating employees when a business is sold

By Doug MacLeod When a business is sold the cost of terminating unwanted employees can significantly impact the sale price. The purchaser does not want to pay the cost of ... Read more

Reviewing a severance package: what to expect

By Doug MacLeod You have just been terminated. You have been given a week or so to accept a severance package but you don’t know if it is fair. That is where we come ... Read more

Tort of harassment a new arrow in terminated employee's quiver

The tort of harassment is just the latest in a variety of avenues that courts have given employees to claim against their former employers, Toronto employment lawyer  Doug ... Read more

Toronto lawyer Doug MacLeod seeks seat in University-Rosedale

Toronto employment lawyer Doug MacLeod  has never been a member of any political party — in fact, until he threw his hat into the ring for the June 7 Ontario election, ... Read more

The latest on the legality of random drug and alcohol testing

By Doug MacLeod In 2013, the issue of whether an employer can unilaterally implement random drug testing was addressed by the  Supreme Court of Canada . Bottom ... Read more

MacLeod to receive OBA's Randall Echlin mentorship award

Toronto employment lawyer  Doug MacLeod  will receive the Ontario Bar Association’s Randall Echlin mentorship award on May 29. The OBA's Labour and ... Read more

Termination clause upheld by Ontario’s Court of Appeal in recent case

By Doug MacLeod Recently, Ontario’s Court of Appeal concluded in this case that the following termination clause was legally enforceable and that the terminated ... Read more

Many exemptions for Bill 148's equal pay provisions

A new provision in Ontario’s labour laws that requires part-time, casual and temporary workers to receive the same rate of pay as full-time employees doing substantially the ... Read more

Payroll costs in Ontario are going up (again) on April 1

By Doug MacLeod If you use a temporary help agency or hire casual or part-time employees then you should read this article. Because starting next month there is a change ... Read more

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