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

Star power cannot override conduct rules: MacDonald

Allowing a double standard to exist for a star employee is a “big problem,” as it can condone inappropriate behaviour in the workplace, Toronto employment lawyer Natalie MacDonald says in a Globe and Mail article discussing the CBC's Jian Ghomeshi scandal and the recent launch of the new Q. Read more

Maternity leave is not a 'shield' that protects employees

Employees who take pregnancy and parental leave cannot suffer adverse consequences because of that leave, but they can be dismissed for legitimate business reasons unrelated to the leave of absence, Toronto employment lawyers Natalie MacDonald and Stuart Rudner write in the Globe and Mail . Read more

LinkedIn Q&A to clarify vacation pay misconceptions

Toronto employment lawyers Stuart Rudner and Natalie MacDonald will host an upcoming LinkedIn Q&A session, discussing the myths and misconceptions around vacations and vacation pay. Read more

MacDonald to discuss extraordinary damages at Commons Institute event

Natalie MacDonald , co-founder of Rudner MacDonald LLP , a Toronto law firm specializing in employment law, and author of Extraordinary Damages in Canadian Employment Law , will share her insights on the rise of extraordinary damages in Canadian employment law at an upcoming Commons Institute program in a 30-minute seminar. Read more

Google Hangout to discuss nepotism, workplace romance

In anticipation of Valentine’s Day, Toronto employment lawyers Stuart Rudner and Natalie MacDonald will host an upcoming Google Hangout on the topic of love in the workplace and other employee relationships that can create issues, such as nepotism. Read more

Discrimination based on family matters clearly unacceptable

Discriminating against an employee based on the fact that they have children is clearly unacceptable, and individuals in such a situation have several options in terms of recourse, Toronto employment lawyers Natalie MacDonald and Stuart Rudner say in the Globe and Mail. Read more

Is refusing therapy grounds for termination?

Terminating an employee for just cause because of their refusal to accept assistance for an illness could be a breach of that person’s human rights and garner a claim for extraordinary damages, Toronto employment lawyers Stuart Rudner and Natalie MacDonald write in the Globe and Mail . Read more

Set behavioural expectations in advance of office parties

Outlining expectations in writing in advance of office holiday parties is one way to set an appropriate tone for the event, Toronto employment lawyer Natalie MacDonald tells Lawyers Weekly. Read more

Google+ event to discuss holiday party conduct

Toronto employment lawyers Stuart Rudner and Natalie MacDonald will host a Google Hangout this week on the topic of workplace holiday parties and off-duty conduct. Read more

Twitter firing upheld in firefighter arbitration

A recent labour arbitration decision that expands the reach of employee off-duty conduct provides compelling commentary on a public servant’s duty to bring honour to the uniform they wear, says Toronto employment lawyer Natalie MacDonald. Read more

CBC's reputation may be at the centre of Ghomeshi firing

The CBC’s handling of the dismissal of radio host Jian Ghomeshi, and his subsequent filing of a $55-million lawsuit, is... Read more

Terminations should be fair, reasonable

When it comes to firing an employee, law firms should operate like any other workplace – if the individual is not perfor... Read more

Emphasis on company's behaviour lacking in decision

The Court of Appeal’s recent move to reduce a punitive damages award against Wal-Mart in a harassment case shows a failu... Read more