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

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

Damage awards for sexual harassment continue to rise

By Doug MacLeod . Two weeks ago, I wrote a blog about a vulnerable, low paid employee who obtained $150,000 from her former employer by filing a complaint under the Ontario Human Rights Code. Read more

At fault for sexual harassment: Employee awarded $150,000

By Doug MacLeod . General damage awards before May 15, 2015 Read more

How employment contracts, consultation prevent legal fires

By Doug MacLeod . I strongly recommend that employers require all new employees to sign an employment contract with a termination clause. As a result, the employer knows how much it will cost to terminate the employee and the employee is effectively precluded from commencing a wrongful dismissal claim. Read more

The cost of firing an employee for filing a complaint

By Doug MacLeod . Each year in Ontario, over 10,000 workers file a claim with the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) because they’ve been injured on the job to the extent that they cannot return to work the day after the injury. So, employers be wary: workplace accidents are very common and you can incur large costs if they are not handled appropriately. As we will see below, these costs are on the rise. Read more

Less rigid approach to discipline effective for law firms

Rather than abiding by written HR policies, law firms often rely on less formal checks and balances when it comes to dealing with inappropriate conduct by an employee, Toronto employment lawyer Doug MacLeod tells Lawyers Weekly . Read more

Setting departure terms in contract can lessen disruption

When a top employee resigns, it’s sure to interrupt the flow in any company, but one way to quell some of the disruption is to have clear departure terms set out in the employment contract, Toronto employment lawyer Doug MacLeod tells Lawyers Weekly . Read more