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

Rudner MacDonald LLP named a top Canadian boutique employment firm

Rudner MacDonald LLP has been selected as one of the top three employment and labour law firms in Canada , according to the inaugural Canadian HR Reporter Readers' Choice Awards. Read more

Natalie MacDonald nominated in Top 25 Most Influential

Natalie MacDonald , a Toronto employment lawyer and co-founding partner of Rudner MacDonald LLP , has been nominated one of Canada’s Top 25 Most Influential lawyers. Read more

Safe workplace starts with employer

Although recent high-profile examples of toxic workplaces at both the Canadian Olympic Committee and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation were serious, Toronto employment lawyer Natalie MacDonald tells Lawyers Weekly that she has seen much worse. Read more

Recognition of miscarriage as disability 'highly significant'

A recent Ontario Human Rights tribunal finding that miscarriages should be considered a disability reflects a long-awaited new era of sensitivity for women, says Toronto employment lawyer Natalie MacDonald . Read more

Commission's hard line against sexualized dress codes a "breakthrough"

The Ontario Human Rights Commission’s calls for an end to sexualized dress codes is a “breakthrough” for anyone — male or female — who has faced workplace discrimination, Toronto employment lawyer Natalie MacDonald tells . WATCH Canada AM Read more

Racial discrimination claim over lack of 'demotion' tossed out

The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario has dismissed a claim that alleged racial discrimination against a company after a woman was not offered a position that her employer saw as a “demotion,” says employment lawyer Natalie MacDonald , who successfully defended the employer. Read more

Wrongful dismissal lawsuit settlement a 'good resolution'

A wrongful dismissal lawsuit against one of Canada’s largest criminal defence firms was recently settled out of court in a resolution that was positive for both sides, Toronto employment lawyer Natalie MacDonald tells Law Times. Read more

Accommodating staff medical marijuana use must be 'case-by-case'

There is no hard or fast rule when it comes to how employers should balance the duty to accommodate an employee’s use of medical marijuana and the need to keep the workplace safe, Toronto employment lawyer Natalie MacDonald tells the Canadian Press. Read more

Board should be made aware of info poised to damage reputations

A company’s chief risk officer should always provide the board of directors with any information that could damage the organization’s reputation, Toronto employment lawyer Natalie MacDonald , a founding partner of Rudner MacDonald LLP , tells the Globe and Mail. Read more

Human rights ruling says Manitoba woman was addicted to alcohol, unjustly fired

WINNIPEG – A health-care aide's alcohol addiction qualifies as a disability, and her employer was wrong to fire her for drinking off the job, a Manitoba human rights adjudicator has ruled. Read more

Where does the duty to investigate harassment allegations begin ... and end?

In light of a recent suit brought against former Ontario Premier and Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games chair, David Peterson, Toronto employment lawyers Stuart Rudner and Natalie MacDonald will host an upcoming Google Hangout on the duty to investigate allegations of harassment. Read more

Punishment should fit crime in law firm discipline matters

Mistakes can happen in a law firm, ranging from the innocuous to the egregious, but partners should ensure that the punishment is appropriate, Toronto employment lawyer Natalie MacDonald tells Lawyers Weekly . Read more

Owning a law firm requires more than legal skills

Entrepreneurial lawyers face challenges beyond practising law, with administrative and human resources responsibilities — among many other tasks — likely to also fall on their plates, Toronto employment lawyer Natalie MacDonald tells Lawyers Weekly. Read more

Creation of task force as part of HRTO settlement 'monumental'

In a monumental and precedent-setting move, OCAD University has agreed to create a Presidential Task Force with the objective of raising the percentage of racialized and indigenous employees in all levels of the university – and seek increased diversity in the curriculum – as part of a settlement with former instructor, Errol Saldanha, who brought his case before the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, says Toronto employment lawyer Natalie MacDonald . Read more

Q&A to discuss impact of behaviour outside work hours

Toronto employment lawyers Stuart Rudner and Natalie MacDonald will host an upcoming LinkedIn Q&A on whether what you say outside of work can get you fired — in light of the recent dismissal of a HydroOne employee for his behaviour outside a Toronto FC game. Read more