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

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

Another host bites the dust at CBC

By Doug MacLeod . Last week the CBC fired another one of its high profile hosts, Evan Solomon. Read more

Avoiding wrongful dismissal litigation

By Doug MacLeod . Many wrongful dismissal cases are determined by the sensibilities of the judge who is appointed to the case. Some are employee friendly. Others are employer friendly. Consider the opening sentence of a wrongful dismissal case that was decided earlier this month: “Employment law is governed by the notion that the employer should not be able to use its larger power to unfairly gain an advantage over the employee.” I didn’t need to read any further to know who won this case… Read More at MacLeod Law Firm Blog Read more

Making the workplace an accessible place

By Doug MacLeod . The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, (the “AODA”), is a statute aimed at developing, implementing and enforcing standards that promote accessibility for people with disabilities in Ontario. This law is being phased-in over 20 years. The AODA has the potential to improve many Canadians lives but it faces one major problem: lack of compliance. Read More at MacLeod Law Firm Blog Read more

Legal shades of grey

By Doug MacLeod . Shawn Simoes who worked as an engineer for Hydro One was recently terminated when his employer found out that he made an offensive and sexist comment to a female TV reporter, Shauna Hunt. To read the Global News story about this, click here . He did not identify himself as a Hydro One employee. However someone saw the story on TV, and told Hydro One who fired him shortly after the story ran on TV. Read More at MacLeod Law Firm Blog Read more

Turning the page and upping the wage

By Doug MacLeod . Bill 18, the Stronger Workplaces for a Stronger Economy Act, 2014 received Royal Assent last year but certain sections did not take effect immediately. Schedule 2 of Bill 18 sets out amendments to the Employment Standards Act (the “ESA”). This blog summarizes some of these legislative changes as they will take effect chronologically in 2015. Read More at MacLeod Law Firm Blog Read more

Action plan's pledge to change OHSA may not be sensible

Enhancing the existing sexual harassment framework in Ontario’s Human Rights Code may be more prudent than creating a new, parallel system under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA), as a provincial action plan has set out to do, says Toronto employment lawyer Doug MacLeod. Read more

The cost of terminating an employee following pregnancy leave

By Doug MacLeod . Pregnant employees have special rights under the Employment Standards Act and the Human Rights Code. And most judges are sympathetic to the problems that women face when they return to work following a pregnancy leave. A recent case is a good example of what not to do when an employee returns to work following a pregnancy leave. Read More at MacLeod Law Firm Blog Read more

Employers, employees should know parental leave rules

When it comes to the law around returning to work following a pregnancy or parental leave, there are a number of facts that both employers and employees need to know, Toronto employment lawyers Doug MacLeod and Nicole Simes tell in this video. Read more

SCC weighs in on constructive dismissal

By Doug MacLeod . Potter v. New Brunswick Legal Aid Services Commission , 2015 SCC 10 (CanLII) Read more