Mark Toth

Mark Toth has served as Manpower Group North America's Chief Legal Officer since 2000. He also serves on the company’s Global Leadership Team, Global Legal Lead Team and North American Lead Team. Mark is recognized as an expert on legal issues affecting the U.S. workplace and is frequently quoted in media from The Wall Street Journal to 60 Minutes. He is also a past Chair of the American Staffing Association and is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources. Contact him at

Articles by Mark Toth

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The Top 10 Reasons That Your Employees Really Quit


Editor’s Note: Readers sometimes ask about past TLNT articles. That’s why we republish a Classic TLNT post every Friday.

Ever wonder why your employees really quit? A study of nearly 20,000 job quitters reveals some rather intriguing facts.

The data

The myth: 89 percent of employers believe that employees leave because of money.

The reality: 88 percent of employees leave because of things other than money. Read more…

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How Not to Get Sued For April Foolishness in the Workplace

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Editor’s note: This popular post from 2013 seemed appropriate to bring back today.

There’s a distinct possibility that some of your employees will do something foolish today that could get you sued, fired or worse.

To help prevent that from happening, the following is our handy How Not to Get Sued for April Foolishness.

The April Fools’ Hall of Shame

Death. Serious injury. Emotional distress. Massive lawsuits. All have resulted from workplace pranks gone bad. Here are just a few examples: Read more…

Compensation, HR News & Trends

President Obama Proposing Big Expansion of Overtime Rules

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In what could be BIG news for employers, President Obama is directing the U.S. Department of Labor to issue proposed regulations that would expand the number of employees who are eligible for overtime.

The regulations would raise the minimum salary an employee must receive to fall under the white collar exemption of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Right now, the salary threshold is $455 per week (roughly $24,000 a year). While it’s not clear what the new threshold would be, some speculate that it could more than double.

One recent proposal would raise the limit to $984 per week (about $50,000 a year). Under that scenario, experts estimate that more than 5 million employees would be entitled to overtime who currently are not. Read more…

HR Management, HR News & Trends

HR’s No. 1 Workplace Concern: Would You Believe ‘Everything?”

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We recently asked the following question:

What one thing that concerns you most about the world of work in 2014?

Several hundred of you took the time to write out your deep thoughts. We thought we’d share them with the world.

Here’s basically what you said: EVERYTHING. Read more…

HR Basics, HR Management

Top Troubles With Terminations (What You Really Need to Avoid)

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As promised in my webinar last week, here are my official Top 11 “Termination Troubles” that organizations frequently run into.

(Please note: Most Top 10 lists only go to 10. Ours go to 11. We reallllly want you to get your money’s worth.)

  • No. 11 — Not telling the real reasons. Always, always, always tell the truth. It doesn’t do you or the departing employee any favors if you either (1) sugarcoat or (2) over-exaggerate the reasons for the termination. Either approach can kill your case in court. Read more…
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The No. 1 Leadership Trait You Really Need to be Successful

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Editor’s note: TLNT is continuing an annual tradition by counting down the most popular posts of the year. This is No. 7. Our regular content will return on Monday.

Most workplace disputes and disasters can be traced back to one thing: a lack of leadership.

So, what’s the absolute No. 1 most important leadership trait in the history of the universe? Last week, we posed the following question for your consideration:

What’s the absolute No. 1 leadership trait in the history of the universe? Read more…

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

OSHA Launches New Online Whistleblower System For Employees


OSHA — the Occupational Safety & Health Administration — has launched a new online tool to make it easier for whistleblowers to file complaints. Here’s the official press release.

Employers are voicing lots of concerns and questions about the new tool. Here are some answers.

  • What’s changing exactly? The online form gives employees another avenue to voice retaliation complaints. Before the launch of the new tool, employers could either file a written complaint or call an OSHA office. Read more…
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How to Have an Office Holiday Party Without Anyone Going to Jail

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Editor’s Note: The holiday season is here, and TLNT will celebrate with some classic holiday posts from the past. Look for them over the next two weeks.

In case you haven’t noticed, the holiday season is upon us.

Every year, employers have lots of questions about what they should (and shouldn’t) do when it comes to holiday parties to avoid winding up in court (or jail). Let’s start with some interesting statistics:

  • Party on. More than 83 percent of employers are planning holiday celebration this year — a jump from last year’s rather humbug-ish 68 percent. Partying employers are still below the pre-recession high of 90 percent in 2007. Read more…
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Top 11 Troubles When You Do a Termination


Editor’s Note: Sometimes readers ask about past TLNT articles. That’s why we republish a Classic TLNT post every Friday that some of you have requested. 

In survey after survey after survey, termination troubles top the list of employment law issues that freak you out.

Well, freak no more. Here are some of our patented termination tools and tips to help make your terminations as painless and humane as possible.

We’ll start today with our official – Top 11 Termination Troubles. Read more…

HR Basics, Legal Issues

2013 Halfway Report: Workplace Laws and Legal Issues You Need to Know

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Yesterday, we chronicled the U.S. Supreme Court’s major employment law rulings so far this year.

Today, we’ll focus on all the other significant developments in as few words as humanly possible.