Staff Management Named Charter Member

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<p><b>Chicago &mdash; March 6</b><br />Staff Management, a 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.<br /><br />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).&nbsp; </p><p>IMAGE partnerships promote the use of tools, best practices and continuing education to ensure the hiring of a legal workforce. <br /><br />As the only staffing company among the nine-member group, Staff Management has a unique opportunity to influence the development of hiring standards that might guide the entire staffing industry, said Chief Operating Officer Joan Davison. <br /><br />&ldquo;Our involvement in the IMAGE program reflects our commitment to having a proper balance between demand for labor and social responsibility,&rdquo; Davison said. &ldquo;As a charter member, we&rsquo;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.&rdquo;<br /><br />Under the program, ICE will share information with employers on the latest illegal schemes used to circumvent legal hiring processes.&nbsp; </p><p>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. </p><p>Technical tools to verify Social Security numbers for W-2 purposes are integrated with best practices, assuring that Staff Management&rsquo;s employees are legally eligible for employment. <br /><br />ICE also will provide training and education to IMAGE partners on proper hiring procedures, fraudulent document detection and anti-discrimination laws. <br /><br />&ldquo;I commend those companies who are partnering with us in the IMAGE program,&quot; said ICE Assistant Secretary Julie Myers. &quot;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.&rdquo;<br /><br />Beside Staff Management, other employers participating include Aluminum Precision Products; Atlas Pallet Inc.; Colcon Corp.; Colorado Structures Inc.; General Dynamics Corp.; Hitch Enterprises Inc.; National Association of Foreign Trade Zones; and Systems Painters and Drywall IILP.</p>

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