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 Posts

(Yet) another termination clause bites the dust

By Doug MacLeod There are many ways to attack the termination clause in an employment contract. Read more

Contractor or full-time staffer — weigh benefits, drawbacks

The pros and cons of contract work versus full-time employment should be understood by both employers and individuals so they can make the decision that is right for them, says Toronto employment lawyer Doug MacLeod. Read more

Maternity leave rights must be followed: MacLeod

Employees returning from maternity leave must be given their former job back, or if it no longer exists, a comparable position, though there are some exceptions to that rule, says Toronto employment lawyer Doug MacLeod. Read more

Duty of good faith: MacLeod

By Doug MacLeod The employee, a 55-year-old engineer with 22 years’ service with the company, was thinking about either retiring or taking a leave of absence. He decided to request a six-month leave of absence. Read more

Unenforceable termination clause costs employer over $400,000

By Doug MacLeod By Doug MacLeod . A recent case underscores the importance of including a properly drafted termination clause in your organization’s employment contract. Read more

See a lawyer before signing termination agreement: MacLeod

It’s important to get legal advice before accepting a termination package to ensure you are getting the best possible deal, says Toronto employment lawyer Doug MacLeod. Read more

Directors sent to jail for failure to pay employee wages

By Doug MacLeod . If you are a director or a party to a unanimous shareholder agreement did you know that you are personally liable for unpaid wages and you could go to jail for up to one year for failing to pay them? Read more

Totally disabled employees entitled to LTD benefits, termination pay

By Doug MacLeod . If you are totally disabled and collecting disability benefits from an LTD insurer, did you know that your employer may also owe you up to 34 weeks termination and severance pay? How can this be you may ask? Read more

Ontario’s new employer-friendly employment laws

By Doug MacLeod . Some recent changes in the law make Ontario’s employment laws more employer-friendly – especially for small businesses. This blog discusses five of these changes. Read more

Severance pay calculation under ESA based on Ontario payroll: OLRB

By Doug MacLeod . Under s. 64 of the Employment Standards Act (ESA), an employee with five years’ service is entitled to one week severance pay for each year of service (to a maximum of 26 weeks) in addition to notice of termination if “the employer has a payroll of $2.5 million or more.” Read more

Employers faced with ever-changing labour laws: MacLeod

Businesses need to check their employment contracts and employee handbooks to keep up with ever-changing rules around paid and unpaid leaves, Toronto employment lawyer Doug MacLeod tells Read more

Employment contracts: they should keep giving and giving

By Doug MacLeod . I trumpet the benefits of employment contracts every chance I get. I often write and speak about these benefits. In the last two weeks, I received calls from two clients who benefitted from an employment contract that I wrote several years ago. Read more

Are managers entitled to overtime pay?

By Doug MacLeod . Many employees and employers believe that overtime pay is included in a person’s salary. This is incorrect for the vast majority of salaried employees. If you are paid a salary and sometimes work over 44 hours in a week, then you may be entitled to overtime for all hours worked over 44 in those weeks at time and a half for each additional hour worked. Read more

MacLeod Law redesigns website to better serve clients

MacLeod Law Firm has redesigned its website to better reflect its open and responsive approach to employees and employers, says its principal, Doug MacLeod. Read more

Temporary layoff update: can an employee refuse a recall?

By Doug MacLeod . Contrary to popular belief, a temporary layoff usually constitutes a wrongful dismissal which requires an employer to pay the laid-off employee termination pay. Read more