Questions to bring with you when you get laid off

Readers have asked me to build a list of questions for employees to bring to a meeting where they’re being laid off. Excellent idea!

But we need to get those questions together fast, because managers will soon start notifying perhaps thousands of newspaper employees that they’re losing their jobs. You may be one of them.

You’ll want more than a box of Kleenex when you get the bad news. I’m thinking of a written list of questions to ask about retirement accounts, health insurance, access to personnel files, etc. You don’t want to be wishing you’d asked about this stuff on that long drive home.

To those of you who’ve been through this experience: What are the most important questions to have in hand if you are called into a layoff meeting? And, other than a list of questions, what else should you bring?

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