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

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

Fully investigating discrimination complaints safest move for employers

While it’s clear employers are not explicitly required to investigate discrimination complaints under the Ontario Human Rights Code – the Divisional Court concluded there is no freestanding duty to investigate in 2013 – those who do not investigate such issues do so at their own peril, Toronto employment lawyers Doug MacLeod and Nicole Simes write in Lawyers Weekly . Read more

Family hires must sink or swim on their own

While there are pros and cons related to hiring a family member, it is clear that the individual must be responsible for their own success or demise in the position, Toronto employment lawyer Doug MacLeod tells Lawyers Weekly. Read more

Yet another reason not to use fixed-term contracts

By Doug MacLeod . I do not like fixed-term contracts. In my experience, a contract of indefinite employment with a termination clause is a better option for an employer in almost every situation. This blog summarizes a recent case which reinforces my negative views on fixed-term contracts. Read More at MacLeod Law Firm Blog Read more

How to prevent a poisoned work environment

By Doug MacLeod . With the upsurge of technology, there is more opportunity for our interactions to be broadcast and misinterpreted. Many employees have cell phones and some employers and employees communicate via text message. In today’s workplace, the dynamic between employers and employees is also increasingly informal. Jokes are passed around. No hard feelings, right? Wrong. One “light-hearted” text message or off hand joke may come back to haunt an employer. Read More at MacLeod Law Firm Blog Read more

Contractors and the duty to accommodate

By Doug MacLeod . I recently fielded an interesting question. A human resources consultant was reviewing an employee manual for a client and asked whether the accommodation policy applied to a number of self-employed sales representatives who sold the employer’s services. The answer, of course, was, “It depends.” Read More at MacLeod Law Firm Blog Read more

Discrimination ruling good news for employees

A recent Ontario Superior Court of Justice ruling awarding both wrongful dismissal damages and human rights damages was “a big win for the employee,” says Toronto employment lawyer Doug MacLeod. Read more

Approval of Target Canada employee trust good news for workers

The approval of a $70-million employee trust for the benefit of Target Canada employees who will lose their jobs as a result of country-wide store closures is good news for workers, says Toronto employment lawyer Doug MacLeod. Read more

Making cuts and avoiding ruts

By Doug MacLeod . Imagine yourself as a senior manager of a small business. Sales have decreased to a point where you have to make some staff cuts. One will be Marsha, an administrative assistant with over 25 years service, and the other is Kent, an expensive employee you hired just last year. How much will these terminations cost? While Kent signed an employment contract, you don’t recall Marsha signing anything. As a long-term employee, how much pay is she entitled to? Questions start to circulate your mind…what should be included in a severance package? Read More at MacLeod Law Firm Blog Read more

Top 10 employment law stories of 2014

By Doug MacLeod . The end of the year is nigh… And Ontario looks a little bit different…at least, from an employment law perspective. More and more, Canadians are taking legal matters into their own hands and 2014 gave employees the power to do so in a faster way than ever before. Read More at MacLeod Law Firm Blog Read more

Office party conduct may have lasting impact

An employee’s behaviour at an office holiday party can impact how they are viewed in a boss’s eyes, Toronto employment lawyer Doug MacLeod says in Lawyers Weekly . Read more