Doug MacLeod

Doug MacLeod
MacLeod Law Firm
Principal
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
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. 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 employee who had been employed for 19 years was entitled to 19 weeks termination pay. 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 same job won’t have as great an impact as the recent hike in the minimum wage, says Toronto employment lawyer Doug MacLeod . 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 to the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (the ESA) that could increase your payroll costs. Read more

Fixed-fee legal services provide ‘peace of mind’ for clients

Clients can now pick and choose the labour and employment services they want in a new fixed-fee program offered by MacLeod Law Firm , Toronto employment lawyer Doug MacLeod tells AdvocateDaily.com . Read more

Why you need to periodically review your employment contract

By Doug MacLeod . A well-drafted  employment contract  is the best employment law investment an employer can make. It protects an employer from significant liability and will usually save thousands of dollars in termination costs. Read more

Decisions on termination clauses inconsistent: MacLeod

Ontario courts need to provide more clarity when examining the language in termination clauses so employees and employers can get a better idea of what will be enforced and what won’t, Toronto employment lawyer Doug MacLeod tells AdvocateDaily.com . Read more

Can employers claw back employee benefits?

For many Ontario employers, the recent changes to the  Employment Standards Act  will result in higher payroll costs, writes Toronto employment lawyer Doug MacLeod in The Lawyer’s Daily . Read more

Employment practices review critical to ensure Bill 148 compliance

The long debate over proposed changes to Ontario’s Employment Standards Act  (ESA)   ended in November when Bill 148 received royal assent, writes Toronto employment lawyer Doug MacLeod in The Lawyer’s Daily . Read more

Doug’s year-end rant

By Doug MacLeod . Earlier this week I concluded that the rule of law no longer applies in many Ontario workplaces. The epiphany hit me when I was meeting with the managing director of a boutique law firm. Read more

Is your organization compliant with AODA? It should be — here’s why

By Doug MacLeod . Did you know that employers with 20 or more employees are required to file a report with the Ontario government confirming they have complied with their obligations under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) by Dec. 31, 2017? Read more

Top 10 employment law developments in 2017

By Doug MacLeod . In 2017, the provincial legislature and Ontario judges continued to change Ontario’s employment laws. These changes resulted in higher payroll costs and a more regulated workplace. This blog briefly identifies 10 employment law developments from the past year. Read more

Workplace investigations: tips for employers and employees

Canadian employers have faced a significant increase in workplace harassment claims since the  Ontario Health and Safety Act  (OHSA) was amended last fall, says Toronto employment lawyer Doug MacLeod . Read more

When does a compliment constitute sexual harassment?

By Doug MacLeod . Despite a number of legislative initiatives that are intended to reduce and ultimately eliminate sexual harassment in society, sexual harassment continues to be a problem in Ontario’s workplaces. Read more

The confusing and unsettled law relating to employee medical notes

By Doug MacLeod . A proposed change to Ontario’s Employment Standards Act (the Act) contained in Bill 148 states that an employer shall not require an employee to provide a medical note from a qualified health practitioner (as defined in the Act) as evidence of a sickness if the employee claims a paid sick day under the Act. However, an employer may require an employee who takes a paid sick leave under the Act to provide evidence, that is reasonable in the circumstances, that the employee is entitled to the leave. Read more

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