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August 6, 2019Tampa, FL, United StatesLabor Exploitation

Master Maintenance Inc. joins the IMAGE program

IMAGE program ensures legal, authorized workforce
Master Maintenance Inc. management joined HSI leadership for an IMAGE signing event, pictured are HSI Tampa Special Agent Allison Carter Anderson, IMAGE coordinator, Master Maintenance’s Lina Muriel, Senior Account Manager and R. Eduardo Ballesteros, Vice President, HSI Tampa Deputy Special Agent in Charge Kevin Sibley and Juan Carlos Perez, Master Maintenance Senior Account Manager.

TAMPA, Florida – Master Maintenance Inc. has been recognized by Homeland Security Investigation’s (HSI) employment compliance program called IMAGE at a recent ceremony.  

IMAGE stands for ICE Mutual Agreement between Government and Employers. As part of this agreement, Master Maintenance Inc., has pledged 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:

  • Complete the IMAGE Self-Assessment Questionnaire (Application);
  • 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.
“This partnership highlights Master Maintenance’s commitment to our national security, as well as the security of their employees and customers,” said HSI Tampa Deputy Special Agent in Charge Kevin D. Sibley. “A legal workforce is a key component of responsible corporate citizenship and Master Maintenance is leading the way.”

“I believe a partnership between HSI and the private sector is essential for the security of our country and the fair growth and practices of businesses. It is an opportunity for a business to acquire accurate knowledge of the procedures and technical details required in the hiring process. Concurrently, for HSI; it is an opportunity to understand the challenges employers encounter in complying with all the requirements and prevent the hiring of people who are not authorized to work in the United States,” said Master Maintenance’s R. Eduardo Ballesteros.

“IMAGE is a fine example that the government and employers can work together in a friendly and productive way to achieve results that will benefit the greater good. Master Maintenance Inc. is honored to participate in the program and look forward to a long productive relationship.”

Established in 1981, Master Maintenance Inc. is a Tampa locally-owned and operated professional facility maintenance company that provides quality building maintenance services to commercial and industrial businesses. Master Maintenance Inc. cleans over twelve million square feet each night. Master Maintenance Inc. currently has over 80 employees.

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.

Companies interested in more information about the IMAGE program can call 813-357-7137 or visit