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

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

Employees face serious consequences after ethics breaches

A conflict of interest case involving executives at three Toronto-area hospitals underscores the serious consequences employees face when they breach professional ethics, says Toronto employment lawyer Doug MacLeod. Read more

Report discusses possible changes to Employment Standards Act

By Doug MacLeod . On July 27, 2016, a report concerning possible changes to the Employment Standards Act (the ESA) was released following extensive public consultations. Read more

Many legal options available for employees who lose their jobs

Employees who lose their jobs have more legal options than just bringing a wrongful dismissal action, says Toronto employment and labour lawyer Doug MacLeod . Read more

New law requires employers to investigate harassment complaints

By Doug MacLeod . By Sept. 8, 2016, Ontario employers must comply with Schedule 4 of the recently proclaimed Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan Act (Supporting Survivors and Challenging Sexual Violence and Harassment), 2015 , which imposes new requirements on how employers deal with sexual harassment complaints . Read more