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
Leave of absence provisions about to get interesting

By Doug MacLeod Navigating through the numerous leave of absence provisions in the Employment Standards Act is about to get even more difficult. On Dec. 8, the Ministry of ... Read more

Another reason for an employment contract ...

By Doug MacLeod MacLeod Law Firm  You can’t predict every scenario that will arise in an employment relationship. However, you can anticipate that certain events will take ... Read more

MacLeod blogs dispel common misconceptions

By Doug MacLeod   Our blogs (i) explain how statute laws impose rights and obligations on employers; (ii) explain why terminating certain types of employees can ... Read more

Privacy decision should give employers pause

The Ontario Court of Appeal has recognized a common law right to privacy in Jones v Tsige, with a new tort of "intrusion upon seclusion," says Toronto employment law lawyer ... Read more

Fired for just cause – you may still get pay

By Doug MacLeod Generally, an employer can fire an employee for just cause and not owe any termination pay at common law. However, the terminated employee may still be ... Read more

Overtime pay for managers: get what you deserve

By Doug MacLeod   One of the best kept secrets in Ontario workplaces is an employee’s general right to collect overtime pay for all hours worked in excess of 44 ... Read more

Beware of temporary layoffs: MacLeod

Toronto employment lawyer  Doug MacLeod  tells Jennifer Brown of Canadian Lawyer Legal Feeds Blog employers considering temporary layoffs should consult an expert ... Read more

Five things to know about the AODA: MacLeod

By Doug MacLeod MacLeod Law Firm Many employers are completely unaware of their obligations under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. There are a myriad of ... Read more

Why have a lawyer review your severance package

By Doug MacLeod Most severance packages offer a termination payment to an employee in exchange for the employee agreeing not to commence any legal proceedings against the ... Read more

Seven things you should know about the ESA

By Doug MacLeod The Ontario Employment Standards Act (ESA) imposes numerous duties and responsibilities on employers. Here are seven such obligations: 1. Record keeping ... Read more

What to know about a workplace harassment complaint

By Doug MacLeod MacLeod Law Firm Until recently, many employees who were being psychologically harassed at work felt they had no legal options. It was possible to quit and ... Read more

Terminating an employee on long-term disability: be very, very careful

By Doug MacLeod MacLeod Law Firm  Can an employer terminate an employee who is totally disabled? In some cases, the answer is yes but if an employer improperly terminates ... Read more

Social media policies: for employers

By Doug MacLeod Is a complete ban on the use of company property for personal reasons realistic? Many employers have computer use policies that ban the use of company ... Read more

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