Highland Engineering Inc. and Ultra Aluminum, both of Howell, have pledged to protect the integrity of their workforce by joining IMAGE. The partnership was marked Wednesday by an official signing at each company's headquarters. IMAGE is a voluntary program that helps employers comply with the law by equipping them with the knowledge and tools needed to ensure a legal, authorized workforce.
"We view the IMAGE partnership as added value to the entities that participate," said Marlon Miller, special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Detroit. "The certification process adds a level of distinction to the company that says not only are these companies committed to quality products, but they are also committed to maintaining a quality and capable workforce."
Highland Engineering Inc. employs more than 35 people at their Howell site. The company provides equipment and automation services for military and commercial application.
Ultra Aluminum employs 62 people in southeastern Michigan. The company manufactures and distributes ornamental aluminum fencing, gates and railing systems for residential, commercial and industrial use.
Certified businesses pledge to maintain a secure and stable workforce and curtail the employment of unauthorized workers through outreach and education. To qualify for IMAGE certification, companies must perform the following requirements:
- Enroll in the E-Verify program within 60 days,
- Establish a written hiring and employment eligibility verification policy that includes internal Form I-9 audits at least once per year and
- Submit to a Form I-9 inspection.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) E-Verify employment eligibility verification program enables employers to verify that newly hired employees are eligible to work in the United States. This Internet-based system is available throughout the nation and is free to employers. It provides an automated link to the Social Security Administration database and DHS immigration records.
Michigan companies interested in more information about the IMAGE program can call 313-226-0500 or visit ICE.gov/image.