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

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

Employee or contractor? That is the $64,000 question

By Doug MacLeod . For over 25 years, clients have been asking me whether a person is an employee or a contractor in various legal contexts. Read more

AODA update: new regulation taking effect July 1

By Doug MacLeod . The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) is constantly changing. So when there has been yet another change to AODA it takes all of my energy not to cover my ears and yell “LAH, LAH, LAH” at the top of my lungs. Read more

Common employment law issues

By Doug MacLeod . I speak with human resources professionals every day about various employment law issues. This blog deals with five of the most common issues that arise in my practice. Read more

Five Ontario workplace laws employers need to know

By Doug MacLeod . The employment relationship is heavily regulated in Ontario. Read more

Offering employee different job could be ‘all or nothing’ scenario

When a company eliminates one position and offers the employee a substantially similar position, the employee refuses the offer at their peril – unless there are extenuating circumstances, says Toronto employment lawyer Doug MacLeod. Read more