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

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

Contractors set up like employees may have same protections

Although provincial laws preventing employers from discriminating on the basis of age are aimed at protecting employees, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario has found that some independent contractors are also covered, Toronto employment lawyer Doug MacLeod tells Succession Planning , a special supplement published by The Bottom Line and Lawyers Weekly. Read more

Sexual harassment – The cost of a hug: $15,000

By Doug MacLeod . Sexual harassment: A classic ‘he said vs. she said’ case Read more

TTC faces 'uphill battle' in random drug testing

A move by the Toronto Transit Commission to randomly perform drug and alcohol tests on not just operators but also office employees may be fraught with legal challenges, says Toronto employment lawyer Doug MacLeod. Read more

Selecting the best venue for a wrongful dismissal case

Deciding where to bring a wrongful dismissal case that also contains a discrimination claim should be given careful thought, says Toronto employment lawyer Doug MacLeod. Read more

Employee terminations: The ABCs

By Doug MacLeod . Today’s job market Read more

Constructive dismissal: Bane of an employment lawyer’s existence

By Doug MacLeod . Definition of constructive dismissal: The traditional definition Read more

Wrongful dismissal: The latest from Ontario’s Court of Appeal

By Doug MacLeod . Even though Ontario judges have been using the same test for 55 years to determine how much notice of termination an employee is entitled to receive, employees and employers continue to disagree on an appropriate notice period in individual cases. Read more

Small claims court faster, simpler option for wrongful dismissal

The penny has dropped for some lawyers when it comes to starting wrongful dismissal actions in small claims courts, Toronto employment lawyer Doug MacLeod tells Read more

The cost of not reinstating after a pregnancy leave

By Doug MacLeod . We receive calls from women on pregnancy leave who have been told that their job is no longer available or that they have been assigned to another job. Read more

Technology brings unique efficiencies to small firms

Although small firms often have fewer opportunities to improve processes, technology has offered them an efficiency advantage that may significantly cut one major cost, Toronto employment lawyer Doug MacLeod tells Lawyers Weekly . Read more