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Are All Employment & Labour Lawyers Created Equal?

By , April 4, 2018 8:47 am

Are there many employment & labour lawyers in Ontario?

There are many employment & labour lawyers working in Ontario – especially in large urban centers like Toronto. I go to a Christmas party each year that is attended by about 150 employment & labour lawyers and it is always sold out. Every employment and labour lawyer, however, is unique. Your challenge is to find the lawyer that best suits your needs.

What does an employment lawyer do?

Some lawyers practice a subspecialty within employment law like workers compensation or pay equity. The lawyers at the MacLeod Law Firm are not specialists; we are employment law generalists.

What kind of services does an employment law generalist provide?

Most employment law generalists draft employment contracts and employment related policies and can make sure employee handbooks comply with Ontario’s employment laws.

It will come as no surprise that most employment lawyers advise on employee terminations and draft severance packages. If necessary our lawyers appear in court or at administrative tribunals like the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal on behalf of our clients.

Helping employers comply with new employment laws has been increasingly important in recent years as the provincial government imposes more and more statutory obligations on employers. The MacLeod Law Firm has a fixed fee service to help employers comply with these new obligations.

Employee protection under the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act has been extended in recent years so most employment lawyers have a good understanding of the province’s human rights laws. We provide human rights advice to a myriad of clients each year – especially on an employer’s obligation to accommodate a disabled employee.

Employee protection under the Ontario Health & Safety Act has also been extended in recent years so most employment lawyers can advise on an employer’s obligations under this law. The MacLeod Law Firm  represents employers who have been charged under OHSA.

What is a labour lawyer?

A labour lawyer provides advice and representations to unionized employers.

What kind of services does a labour lawyer provide?

A labour lawyer can recommend that an employer adopt certain practices and policies that will make employees less inclined to want to join a union.

If a union tries to unionize a workforce then a labour lawyer can respond to the Union’s certification application at the Ontario Labour Relations Board on behalf of the employer.

If a union is certified to represent an employer’s workforce then a labour lawyer can negotiate a collective agreement with the Union on behalf of the employer.

If a union files a grievance under a collective agreement then a labour lawyer can represent the employer at an arbitration hearing.

The MacLeod Law Firm provides all of these services to our unionized clients.

The MacLeod Law Firm – Our Value Proposition

We give an employer confidence and peace of mind on employment law and labour law issues because we quickly and competently deal with workplace issues in a way that makes business sense.

We understand that every client has unique legal needs and each client has a different legal risk tolerance. We get to know our clients and their businesses so the advice we give makes business sense.

If you require the services of an employment and labour lawyer and want to see whether the MacLeod Law Firm is a good fit for your organization, please contact our Managing Partner, Doug MacLeod. For over 30 years he has been advising employers on all aspects of the employment relationship. You can contact Doug directly at 416 317-9894 or at [email protected]

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The MacLeod Law Firm Value Proposition

By , May 5, 2015 9:58 am

We help employers avoid legal fires, and extinguish any legal fires that do break out.

I have decided to expand the MacLeod Law Firm and offer our services to more employers. Since I don’t have a marketing background, I hired a marketing consultant as I subscribe to the “I don’t know what I don’t know” school of thought.

This consultant interviewed a number of our clients to identify the strengths of our firm so he could create a value proposition which differentiates us from our competitors.

Our Strengths

The feedback he received included the following observations:

  1. We are competent so our clients have a high comfort level in us.
  2. Since we provide our personal cell phone numbers to clients and we answer our phones directly we are very accessible.
  3. Because we are competent, we can respond to questions or provide advice very quickly. Being accessible and responsive sometimes results in legal issues being resolved in real time before the issues escalate. This allows our clients to get a legal issue off their desk and get back to business.
  4. Instead of giving technical legal advice we make a point of getting to know our clients business’ so our advice makes business sense.
  5. Clients also noted that we are not intimidating. Several clients described us as “down to earth” and noted that we don’t talk like lawyers. We were also described as honorable, caring and our fees are fair.

Our Value Proposition

Out of this client feedback came the following value proposition:

We give an employer confidence and peace of mind because we quickly and competently deal with workplace issues in a way that makes business sense.

We understand that every client has unique legal needs and each client has a different legal risk tolerance. We get to know our clients and their businesses so the advice we give makes business sense. For a more detailed explanation, click here.

Thank you to our existing clients for entrusting us with your employment law issues.

For those readers who have not used the MacLeod Law Firm and want to know how we can help your organization, please call me at your convenience.


For the past 25 years, Doug MacLeod of the MacLeod Law Firm has been advising and representing employers. If you have any questions, you can contact him at 416 317-9894 or at [email protected]


NHL and players’ union in an epic staring contest

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By , October 30, 2012 1:51 pm

By Doug MacLeod

The NHL and players’ union are engaged in an epic staring match. And the fans want their hockey, so why isn’t anyone blinking? Let’s break it down…

Why the NHL and Players’ Union Lockout Should End Soon

1. Both sides have already agreed in principle to a 50/50 split on revenue. Just like NBA and NFL players did. The players will agree to reduce their share from 57 per cent but want the owners to honour existing contracts which means it will take two or three years for the players share to drop from 57 per cent to 50 per cent.

2. If the lockout drags on for much longer then hockey revenue will decrease – perhaps significantly – and the two sides will be splitting up a smaller pie. This is a lose/lose scenario that both sides understand. In addition, several owners are trying to sell their teams and an extended lockout will result in a lower sale price.

3. The NHL does not want to start off on a bad foot with NBC and wants the Winter Classic and the related HBO TV show “ 24/7: Road to the Winter Classic” to take place again this year.

Why the Lockout May Not End Soon

1. The owners’ hidden agenda is trying to weaken or eliminate the players union. The NHL recently instructed owners to try and talk directly with the players. In the labour relations area this is a very risky strategy. It is pretty much guaranteed to further sour the relationship between Mr. Bettman and Mr. Fehr because Mr. Fehr will consider the strategy to be a blatant attempt to undermine his leadership.

2. The players or the owners decide to draw an arbitrary line in the sand and refuse to make any further concessions.

If a deal is not reached by the beginning of December then we believe negotiations will go into a deep freeze and whenever a deal is reached it will take years for the game to recover financially.

So, to the NHL and players union, all together now…. BLINK… while it still matters to your fans.

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