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
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

Employers finding it difficult to comply with new Ontario laws

By Doug MacLeod . Lawyers as forest rangers 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

Can an employee demand to work at a different workplace?

By Doug MacLeod . I have written a number of  blogs  on the challenges associated with accommodating employees with mental disabilities. I have also  blogged  on the new obligations that were imposed on employers with 50 or more employees earlier this year with respect to disabled employees including the requirement to prepare a written accommodation plan. Read more

Companies shouldn't play hardball with older workers

A recent wrongful dismissal case in Ontario indicates judges may not want companies to play "hardball" whe... Read more

Hiring mistakes 101

By Doug MacLeod . A recent  case  is a cautionary tale of what can happen if an employer rushes a hire. Read more

Training program aims to fight sexual harassment in hospitality industry

Toronto employment lawyer  Doug MacLeod  is applauding the Ontario government’s latest move to reduce sexual violence and harassment in the workplace. Read more

MacLeod Law Firm expands with addition of new associate

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