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
Terminating an employee: Consult before you act

By Doug MacLeod We have been advising employers for over 25 years. Usually, my first question for a new client is, “Do you require all new hires to sign an employment contract?” ... Read more

Amended act will allow for more time off work

Employers should be prepared for incoming changes to Ontario’s Employment Standards Act that give employees the right to take more time off work, says Toronto employment lawyer ... Read more

Discriminating against disabled employees: new OHRC policy

By Doug MacLeod Research estimates that almost one in five Canadian adults will experience a mental illness or addiction. In the last version of the  Diagnostic and Statistical ... Read more

The good, the bad and the ugly: penalties for violating Ontario’s ESA

By Doug MacLeod Many employers regularly – knowingly and unknowingly – contravene sections of the Employment Standards Act (ESA). Two of the most common violations are: 1. The ... Read more

Unpredictable decisions make it difficult to give sound advice

A pair of Ontario Court of Appeal (OCA) decisions show why it is sometimes difficult to advise employers and employees on their rights and obligations, says Toronto employment ... Read more

Wrongful dismissal: The cost of terminating a senior citizen

By Doug MacLeod In 2008, mandatory retirement was eliminated in Ontario. Since then the courts are starting to see more wrongful dismissal cases involving senior citizens. Many ... Read more

Debunking the myths about probationary employees

By Doug MacLeod According to the word probation means: “Determining if a candidate is suitable for a job before giving his full time creditation as a member ... Read more

SCC ruling reduces wrongful dismissal court costs

Fallout from a Supreme Court of Canada decision will see easier and faster applications for summary judgments, resulting in reduced court costs, Toronto employer lawyer Doug ... Read more

Employees to start getting more time off to care for children

By Doug MacLeod On April 29, the Ontario government gave employers six months notice that employees would be entitled to three new family care leaves on October 29. The ... Read more

Tips for corporations doing business in Ontario

Businesses planning to set up shop in Ontario must take note of employment laws in the province, and understand that important legislation like the Employment Standards Act, the ... Read more

Summary judgment motions – the way of the future

By Doug MacLeod Since the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision earlier this year in Hryniak v. Mauldin  2014 SCC 7 (CanLII)  more and more employees are bringing summary judgment ... Read more

Decision underlines difficulty of justifying random testing

A recent decision from an Alberta Arbitration Board reinforces the conventional wisdom that it is extremely difficult for employers to meet the evidentiary burden needed to justify ... Read more

OCA rocks the wrongful dismissal world

By Doug MacLeod On May 22, 2014 the Ontario Court of Appeal (OCA) released the  Boucher v. Wal-Mart   Canada  decision. It could rock the wrongful dismissal world.  Read More at ... Read more

Child labour: Ontario’s minimum age requirements

By Doug MacLeod I recently viewed a video on Youtube entitled, “Underage Girl Working at Harvey’s.”  To view it, click  here.   This article summarizes the minimum age laws in ... Read more

What terms are generally included in a severance package?

By Doug MacLeod Every employee termination is unique. Accordingly, there is no one size fits all employee severance package. There are, however, several terms that that are ... Read more

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