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

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

Top 10 employment law stories of 2015

By Doug MacLeod . Seasons change, employment laws change and the last four seasons saw many changes to Ontario’s employment law landscape. In fact, 2015 may later be known as the year the Kathleen Wynne government started implementing its rather ambitious employment law agenda…changes were made to a number of laws including the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, the Employment Standards Act, and the Occupational Safety Act. Read more

Focus on expenses when building law practice

Lawyers starting out on their own should take a good look at their expenses, which are just as important as revenue when it comes to building a business, Toronto employment lawyer Doug MacLeod tells Lawyers Weekly . Read more

Some of Ontario’s mandatory training requirements

By Doug MacLeod . In recent years, the Ontario government has imposed several new mandatory training requirements on employers carrying on business in Ontario. Read more

Social media can make or break a business

The rules of social media engagement are quickly being determined as both employers and employees wade further into the digital ether, says Toronto employment lawyer Doug MacLeod. Read more

Detailed employment contracts can keep companies out of court

A recently settled wrongful dismissal lawsuit against one of Canada’s largest criminal defence firms highlights the importance of having detailed termination clauses in all employment contracts, Toronto employment lawyer Doug MacLeod tells Law Times. Read more

More obligations under AODA take effect January 1

By Doug MacLeod . By January 1, 2016, Ontario employers with 50 or more employees must comply with the Employment Standard Regulation (“the regulation”) under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (“AODA”). Read more

Why termination clauses are being litigated

By Doug MacLeod . Trends in employment contracts Read more

Events to focus on labour laws, impact of social media comments

Toronto employment lawyer Doug MacLeod is set to share his thoughts on a number of hot topics facing employers at events in Kingston and Toronto this fall. Read more

Three laws that Ontario small businesses need to know

By Doug MacLeod . It is extremely difficult for small businesses to keep up to date on Ontario’s employment laws. This blog summarizes three laws that apply to Ontario workplaces. Read more

How to save money: help a terminated employee find a new job

By Doug MacLeod . Did you know that it is usually in an employer’s financial interest to help a recently terminated employee find alternative employment? Read more

Three ways to minimize termination pay

By Doug MacLeod. As readers of this blog are aware, many wrongful dismissal actions are now being decided by way of summary judgment motions. Read more

Employers unlikely to comply with rules without consequences

Without proper enforcement, it’s unlikely employers across the board will comply with new obligations under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, Toronto employment lawyer Doug MacLeod tells Law Times. Read more