As a charter member, we’ll have access to critical information and best practices that will help us educate and motivate the business community, and continue to emulate these standards in our own practices.
Chicago, IL (PRWEB) March 5, 2007
Staff Management, a leading provider of vendor-on-premise staffing and management solutions, has been selected as a charter member of a new, voluntary U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) program designed to improve legal workforce compliance.
The staffing firm was chosen from 300 candidates to be one of nine charter members to the ICE Mutual Agreement between Government and Employers program (IMAGE). IMAGE partnerships promote the use of tools, best practices, and continuing education to ensure the hiring of a legal workforce.
As the only staffing company among the nine-member group, Staff Management has a unique opportunity to influence the development of hiring standards that may guide the entire staffing industry, notes Chief Operating Officer Joan Davison.
“Our involvement in the IMAGE program reflects our commitment to having a proper balance between demand for labor and social responsibility,” Davison explains. “As a charter member, we’ll have access to critical information and best practices that will help us educate and motivate the business community, and continue to emulate these standards in our own practices."
Under the program, ICE will share information with employers on the latest illegal schemes used to circumvent legal hiring processes. Just last Friday, the agency arraigned three officials at a nationwide janitorial service on federal fraud and tax charges after an investigation of cleaning crews at a Michigan resort. More than 200 illegal immigrants were arrested and will be deported.
Initiated by The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in July 2006, the program provides a self-assessment of hiring practices and helps uncover vulnerabilities to illegal activity related to immigration status. Technical tools to verify Social Security Numbers for W-2 purposes are integrated with best practices, assuring that Staff Management’s employees are legally eligible for employment.
ICE will also provide training and education to IMAGE partners on proper hiring procedures, fraudulent document detection and anti-discrimination laws.
“I commend those companies who are partnering with us in the IMAGE program," said ICE Assistant Secretary Julie Myers. "By working with ICE to combat unlawful employment, these companies are making an important contribution to our shared homeland security mission. Staff Management is ensuring it will have a legal, stable workforce by implementing best practices and using available technology and other tools.”
More detailed information on the program is available on ICE’s website at http://www.ice.gov/partners/opaimage/index.htm.
Beside Staff Management, other employers participating include Aluminum Precision Products; Atlas Pallet, Incorporated; Colcon Corporation; Colorado Structures, Incorporated; General Dynamics Corporation; Hitch Enterprises, Incorporated; National Association of Foreign Trade Zones; and Systems Painters and Drywall IILP.
About Staff Management
Staff Management is the pioneer of high volume, vendor-on-premise staffing solutions for the light industrial segment and call center sectors. Major organizations across America rely on Staff Management for their expertise and leadership in the staffing industry. These Fortune 500 companies consistently experience reduced labor costs, turnover, overtime and administrative burden as a result of Staff Management's unique ability to customize the optimal staffing solution for them. For more information, please visit http://www.staffmanagement.com or call (800) 746-9462.
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