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

Probationary clause gets employer into hot water

By Doug MacLeod . Including a probationary period clause in an employment contract is not a good idea unless your organization is prepared to assess the suitability of the employee during the probationary period. Read more

What triggers the duty to inquire about a mental illness?

Employers concerned about job performance that could be linked to mental health issues may have a duty to ask the employee if they need help before termination, Toronto employment lawyer Doug MacLeod writes in The Lawyer’s Daily. Read more

Number of damage claims awarded by trial judges going up

By Doug MacLeod . Once upon a time, employees did not sign employment contracts with termination clauses and employment lawyers fought over the appropriate “reasonable” notice period. In 2017, employees now often claim, among other things, wrongful dismissal damages, human rights damages, moral or Wallace damages, punitive damages, and damages for the intentional infliction of mental stress. Read more

How to respond to requests for family status accommodation

By Doug MacLeod . Because of changes in demographics and other reasons, employees are increasingly asking for changed work schedules or time off work to care for children and elderly parents. Read more

Canada taking different approach to genetic testing: MacLeod

OTTAWA — The Trudeau government is in the bizarre position of preparing to go to the Supreme Court to argue against a federal law passed with the support of its own MPs. Read more

Litigation risk associated with employee terminations

By Doug MacLeod . Employment contracts eliminate litigation risk Read more

Guidelines clarify records needed for disability accommodation

Guidelines recently updated by the Ontario Human Rights Commission should clarify what medical documentation is required to accommodate disabilities, says Toronto employment lawyer Doug MacLeod . Read more

Social aspect a significant upside of working onsite

Although technology has given lawyers the ability to work from anywhere, many still value the personal aspect of coming into the office every day, Toronto employment lawyer Doug MacLeod tells The Lawyers Weekly . Read more

The cost of terminating older employees is increasing

By Doug MacLeod . Since the elimination of mandatory retirement in Ontario, employers have been required to manage the costs associated with terminating older employees. The costs can be significant because many of these employees did not sign employment contracts with termination clauses; these employees are entitled to “reasonable” notice of termination which can be 24 months or longer. Read more

New employer obligations to protect disabled employees as of Jan. 1

Employers in Ontario are ringing in 2017 faced with new obligations under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), says Toronto employment lawyer Doug MacLeod . Read more

Employment contracts may need amending after appeal court decision

By Doug MacLeod . Bonus plans in employment contracts are a great way to motivate, reward and retain employees. Many of these bonus plans have built-in conditions that must be met before these bonuses are paid out. For example, an employee must be actively employed at the time the bonus is paid. Increasingly, the courts are being asked to determine whether these conditions have to be met and whether a bonus is owing. Read more

Top 10 employment law stories of 2016

By Doug MacLeod . The last page has turned on the calendar for 2016 so it is time for my top 10 employment law stories for the year. Read more

Internal investigations officer like 'preventative medicine'

Employers need properly trained workplace investigators to investigate employee complaints or face the possibility of stiff financial penalties or orders from the Ministry of Labour, says Toronto employment lawyer Doug MacLeod. Read more

The perils of dismissing a disabled employee

By Doug MacLeod . On June 30, 2016 the Ontario Court of Appeal (OCA) released its decision in a case involving the dismissal of a disabled employee who earned about $22,000 per year. I wrote about the trial decision in April (see here for my blog post.) Read more