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Article on Outplacement Firm Backfires for Brooklyn Public Library

Library Journal – “For readers, a long Washington Post article published August 9 and headlined The Art of Letting Employees Go, was an intimate look at the work of the Five O’Clock Club (FOCC), an outplacement firm that charges clients “about $2,000 per fired employee in exchange for providing layoff victims with a year of career coaching.” The major focus of the article: Brooklyn Public Library (BPL), which laid off 13 staffers in response to a budget cut of about five percent. For BPL, whose anonymous laid-off staffers are identifiable to colleagues, it was an embarrassment, leading both the director of the FOCC and the director of BPL to apologize to the staff.”

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