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BodyBuilding.com again lays off employees at Boise operation

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Boise-based e-commerce retailer BodyBuilding.com started another round of layoffs from the local workforce Tuesday, according to two sources involved.

An employee said several small group meetings of 12-15 people started this morning, notifying those who will lose their jobs. According to another employee, the company said it would continue to pay those involved through October.

[Just a year after last sale, BodyBuilding.com again under new ownership]

BoiseDev reached out to the company with several specific questions, including asking about the number of employees laid off, and the number remaining. The company responded with a short statement that did not address our questions.

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“In accordance with company policy, we cannot comment on employment related matters,” a statement from chief people officer Raquel Krol said.

The company did not file a notice with the State of Idaho under the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) act. WARN generally requires companies to let the government know 60 days in advance of any so-called plant closing or mass layoffs. However, if employees are paid out for the 60 day period, the company may not have to file with the state, which would avoid revealing how many people were laid off.

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Latest change

BBcom last laid employees off in January, the latest of several rounds in recent years. As BoiseDev reported earlier this year, the company changed owners for the second time in just a year. Najafi Companies of Phoenix took control quietly this spring from Expedia Group.

This is the latest contraction for BodyBuilding.com’s Boise operation. It sold its facility in Meeker Ave. to WaFd Bank in late-2018. A large remodel project shrunk the BBCom’s footprint in the building in recent months.

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Don Day
Don is the founder and editor of BoiseDev. He is a National Edward R. Murrow Award winner and a Stanford University John S. Knight Fellow.

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