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

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 — to the point of undue hardship — when they are ready to return to work, Toronto employment lawyer Natalie MacDonald tells The Globe and Mail . 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 face the reality of part-time and contract work. It’s a stark contrast to the full-time employment enjoyed by previous generations. 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 Natalie MacDonald tells Canadian Business . 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, Toronto employment lawyer Natalie MacDonald tells Global Toronto’s The Morning Show. 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 a happy, healthy and productive workforce, Toronto employment lawyer Natalie MacDonald tells The Lawyers Weekly . 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 (GLE) as the employment litigation law expert in Canada. 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 you’re an employer, what do you do if your employee shows up to work drunk or high? It’s a problem many managers face and has been in the news recently. 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 Global News and Legal Feeds . 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 reject email altogether, predicts Toronto employment lawyer Natalie MacDonald . Read more

Flexible workplaces the wave of the future

Employers who ignore the call for more flexible workplaces will face challenges attracting and retaining the best talent in the future, says Toronto employment lawyer Natalie MacDonald . And companies that don’t recognize and respond appropriately to the shifting demographics in the workforce will be in for a shock, she tells . “We have an aging population and a workforce balancing career and family responsibilities,” she says. “Workers shouldn’t have to choose. It’s a balancing act, and we all have to participate: employers and employees." Read more

Poisoned work environment means more lawsuits to follow

Although a settlement has been reached in a high-profile lawsuit between a Fox News anchor and her former boss, the appearance of a poisoned work environment in this situation means that more suits will likely follow, Toronto employment lawyer Natalie MacDonald tells Global News’ The Morning Show. Read more

Document examples, processes during boss dispute

A fight between two bosses can be the start of a poisoned workplace — and for employees caught in the middle, there are a number of steps to take in order to protect your rights, Toronto employment lawyer Natalie MacDonald says in The Globe and Mail . Read more

Paid sick leave a win-win for employers, employees

Mandating paid sick leave for the more than one million Ontario workers who don’t currently have it would ultimately benefit both employees and employers, says Toronto employment lawyer Natalie MacDonald . Read more

Natalie MacDonald named leading lawyer in ‘Women in Business Law’ guide

Toronto, ON — Natalie MacDonald , co-founder of the boutique employment law firm Rudner MacDonald LLP , has been selected as one of the leading labour and employment law practitioners in the world, according to the sixth edition of the Women in Business Law guide, published by Expert Guides: The World’s Leading Lawyers Chosen By Their Peers. Read more

OCA restricted by statement of claim when awarding damages

While the Ontario Court of Appeal (OCA) went a long way to increase damages awarded against a Mississauga company that launched a “campaign of abuse” to force a deaf woman to resign, the court was restricted in its ability to do more, says Toronto employment lawyer Natalie MacDonald . Read more