Natalie MacDonald

Natalie MacDonald
MacDonald & Associates
Employment & Labour

Principal of Toronto employment law firm MacDonald & Associates, Natalie MacDonald provides senior counsel on all issues in employment law, including policy and contract drafting, hiring process issues, terminations, discipline, restrictive covenants, employment contracts, employment standard issues, workplace bullying and harassment, human rights and sexual harassment.

She represents both employees and employers, and assists in providing each with clear, practical advice, in an effort to help them understand their rights and obligations.

A graduate of the Faculty of Law of the University of Windsor, Ms. MacDonald received her Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from Queen’s University and was called to the Ontario Bar in 2000.

Ms. MacDonald has been repeatedly named among Canada’s Top Employment Law Practitioners.

One of her cases, Antidormi v. Blue Pumpkin Software Inc. [2004] is considered a leading decision in the area of inducement of employees to organizations.

In addition, Ms. MacDonald authored Extraordinary Damages in Canadian Employment Law, a first-of-its-kind legal textbook published in 2010.

Ms. MacDonald was the Editor-in-Chief of the respected Employment Bulletin for seven years, as well as a routine contributor to Canadian HR Reporter, Canadian Employment Law Today and Canadian Employer.

She also chairs and speaks at conferences frequently, including those held by the Law Society of Ontario, Osgoode Professional Development Updates, the Ontario Bar Association, and the Human Resources Professional Association.

Ms. MacDonald is the founding Co-Chair of the Employment Law Practice Essentials Conference; a program director of the Osgoode Professional Development HR Law for HR Professionals course, and has been an instructor since its inception.

In addition, Ms. MacDonald serves as a director on two not-for profit Boards: Ridgeford Charitable Foundation and Brenyon Way Charitable Foundation; a former board member of a women’s shelter; a member of a Task Force for Social Justice spearheaded by the Chief Justice of the Ontario Court of Appeal, and also provided opinion to University of Toronto Law School in that same vein.

Natalie MacDonald In The News
MacDonald: updating Extraordinary Damages in Canadian Employment Law

Toronto employment lawyer  Natalie MacDonald  is working on an update to her influential book,  Extraordinary Damages in Canadian Employment Law . MacDonald, ... Read more

Due process disappearing for the publicly shamed

Due process has become a thing of the past for people who are publicly shamed when allegations go viral, Toronto employment lawyer Natalie MacDonald tells . ... Read more

MacDonald's client awarded $1.6 M in case against retailer

A woman represented by Toronto employment lawyer Natalie MacDonald has won one of the largest punitive and moral damage awards in Canadian employment law against a retailer for ... Read more

Longer period for parental leave benefits, but not everyone qualifies

OTTAWA — New parents planning to begin parental leave on or after Dec. 3 will be able to spread their federal benefits over more months, but many will have to wait on ... Read more

Part-time workers afforded same rights as full-time counterparts

There is no legal requirement to hire a person full time — but if an employer has placed someone on a part-time schedule as an ‘independent contractor’ but ... Read more

Natalie MacDonald launches new employment law firm

Toronto employment lawyer  Natalie MacDonald  has launched another new boutique employment law firm but this time, all on her own.   MacDonald & ... Read more

Latest Chapter in Employment Law: Bill 148, tort of harassment

By Natalie MacDonald and Geoffrey Lowe Bill 148 brings big and not so big changes to the  Employment Standards Act, 2000 In May, the Changing Workplaces ... Read more

A guide to employment contracts: Rudner and MacDonald

An employment contract is a critical agreement that covers more than salary and vacation, and there are a number of considerations to keep in mind before signing, Toronto ... Read more

Gen Z lawyers' move toward face-to-face communication positive

One recent study suggests that the next generation of lawyers will prefer communicating face-to-face with their work colleagues, as opposed to texting and e-mailing — a ... Read more

Proposed minimum wage hike a good start but not enough: MacDonald

The proposed increase to Ontario's general minimum wage is positive for low-income earners — but it's simply not enough, says Toronto employment lawyer Natalie MacDonald ... Read more

In the rise of the contract economy, workers must know their rights

In the “uberization” of the job market, millennials are often hardest hit, taking on lower-paying, part-time or contract work, and they should know their rights, ... Read more

Employers must be mindful of obligations around medical leave

Employers need to be aware that human rights legislation requires them not to discriminate against or terminate an employee on medical leave, and to accommodate that worker ... Read more

Millennial grads face reality of part-time, contract work

(April 10, 2017 — Toronto) — With thousands of millennials about to graduate this spring from Canadian universities and colleges, a new group of young adults will ... Read more

Vacation, sick time are options for striking workers

Employers are not legally obligated to pay workers for time they are protesting away from work, but there may be another mutually agreeable solution, Toronto employment lawyer ... Read more

Vital for employers to investigate all harassment complaints

Bullying and harassment are the top issues facing Canadian workplaces — and employers need to be sure to investigate each and every complaint that is brought forward, ... Read more

Common workplace injuries require accommodation, flexibility

With injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome and eye strain common in the workplace, employers can provide ergonomically assistive equipment and other accommodation to help ensure ... Read more

MacDonald recognized as Canada's employment litigation law expert

(Jan. 23, 2017 - Toronto) — Natalie MacDonald , co-founder of the boutique employment law firm Rudner MacDonald LLP , has been recognized by Global Law Experts ... Read more

Drunk or high at work? Get ready for tough consequences

(Jan. 12, 2017 — Toronto, ON)  —  The holiday season is over but for some, the revelry continues long after the New Year’s celebrations. But if ... Read more

Holiday party etiquette: avoid issues with alcohol

Employers have a duty to ensure alcohol does not cause problems at holiday parties, and there are several ways to do that, Toronto employment lawyer Natalie MacDonald tells ... Read more

Instantaneous demands of email pushing workers over the edge

The proliferation of email and social media is contributing to an “unsustainable” pace in many workplaces, leading to mentally distressed employees who may eventually ... Read more

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