Big Y Ups its IMAGE
Big Y Foods has partnered with U.S.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
to ensure a legal and more secure workforce.
On Jan. 20, officials of Big Y and ICE for-
mally agreed to partner on the IMAGE pro-
gram. The “ICE Mutual Agreement between
Government and Employers” program partnership was
signed during a ceremony held at Big Y’s Chicopee,
IMAGE is a voluntary program that allows private industry to partner with ICE to reduce unauthorized employment and the use of fraudulent identity
“By volunteering to become members of IMAGE,
companies large and small can reduce unauthorized
employment and the use of fraudulent identity doc-
uments,” says Matthew Etre, special agent in charge
of ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations in Boston.
“Businesses that join IMAGE also increase the reputation
of their brand and their company.”
According to Etre, as an IMAGE certified member,
Big Y is recognized as an exceptional employer and a
role model in the business community. IMAGE certi-
fied employers are committed to hiring only authorized
workers whose identity and eligibility to work in the U.S.
is documented. Partnering with IMAGE provides Big Y
with the tools to ensure employees are who they repre-
sent themselves to be.
To qualify for IMAGE certification, a business must
complete the following requirements:
• Enroll in employment eligibility verification
programs, such as E-Verify and the Social Security
Number Verification Service;
• Establish a written hiring and employment
eligibility verification policy that includes internal
Form I- 9 audits annually;
• Undergo a Form I- 9 employment eligibility
verification audit conducted by ICE.
“Big Y is pleased to be a part of the IMAGE program,”
says Laurie Herbert, director of talent management and
employee relations for Springfield, Mass.-based Big Y.
“The partnership with IMAGE enables us to achieve the
highest level of available employment integrity and promotes a healthy, safe and productive work environment.”
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