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

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

‘Devil is in the details’ on federal proposal for unpaid internships

Unpaid internships may be a good way for people to get training in their field but they could also lead to exploitation, says Toronto employment lawyer Doug MacLeod. Read more

Luring through LinkedIn

By Doug MacLeod . Is posting your new employer’s name on LinkedIn improper solicitation? Read more

Employment Act should be backed by education, enforcement: MacLeod

The results of an inspection blitz that found three-quarters of Ontario employers were violating the Employment Standards Act isn’t unexpected, says Toronto employment lawyer Doug MacLeod. Read more

Ontario’s proposed sexual harassment law

By Doug MacLeod . On Oct. 27, 2015, the Ontario government tabled its Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan Act (Bill 132), which, among other things, amends the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA). Bill 132 must receive second and third reading and proclamation before it becomes law. Given the fact the Liberal government has a majority and has been advertising its intention to introduce this bill for many months, I believe it is likely that it will become law. Read more

An employee is an employee is an employee. Or is she?

By Doug MacLeod . Did you know that an individual is an “employee” or “worker” under some employment legislation, but not others? Read more