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 Posts

MacDonald addresses Commons committee on military harassment

The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) must do more to protect its female members from discrimination and harassment, says Toronto employment lawyer Natalie MacDonald. Read more

Ban NDAs in workplace discrimination, harassment claims: MacDonald

Non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) that are used to cover up discrimination, retaliation or harassment should be banned, Toronto employment lawyer Natalie MacDonald tells Global News. Read more

Provinces failing to recognize dependent contractors: MacDonald

The challenge of how to define employees and independent contractors is a significant public and national issue that requires resolution, Toronto employment lawyer Natalie MacDonald tells Law Times . Read more

Landmark moral damages decision continues to make waves

Almost a year on from a landmark ruling on moral and punitive damages, the reverberations continue to be felt, Toronto employment lawyer Natalie MacDonald tells Read more

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 . 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 conduct a judge called “callous, high-handed, insensitive and reprehensible.” See Toronto Sun Canadian Lawyer 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 provinces and their employers before they can actually get the extra time off. 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 treats them as an employee, the worker may be missing out on significant entitlements, Toronto employment lawyer Natalie MacDonald tells The Globe and Mail . 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. 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 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 employment lawyers Natalie MacDonald and Stuart Rudner tell Global News . 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 trend that Toronto employment lawyer Natalie MacDonald hopes actually materializes, she tells The Lawyer’s Daily. 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, Toronto employment lawyer Natalie MacDonald tells Business News Network. Read more