VT Halter Marine Inc. (VT Halter Marine), has become a member of the IMAGE program with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
The ICE Mutual Agreement between Government and Employers (IMAGE) provides businesses an opportunity to partner with the agency to develop a more secure and stable workforce, the Pascagoula, Miss.-based company says.
Through its participation in the IMAGE program, VT Halter Marine establishes a formal partnership with law enforcement to follow best hiring practices as the program suggests and to implement staff training to comply with the high standards the program requires, the company says.
In addition, the boatyard’s participation enables VT Halter Marine, a subsidiary of VT Systems Inc. (VT Systems), to use tools offered by the federal government to screen employees, such as E-Verify, which ensures they are lawfully authorized to work in the United States.
“VT Halter Marine is committed to the protection of our workforce,” says Bill Skinner, VT Halter Marine’s chief executive officer, in a company press release. “By partnering with IMAGE, we are helping to ensuring a safer and more secure work environment for all of our employees.”