July 9, 2011 (San Diego County) – A San Diego business is the first car wash in the country to partner with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in an innovative program that helps businesses ensure that all their employees are authorized to work in the United States.
Body Beautiful Car Wash, Inc., which operates four car wash facilities across San Diego County, has just become certified in the ICE Mutual Agreement between Government and Employers (IMAGE) program, a voluntary program of the Department of Homeland Security. Only six other businesses in San Diego County have achieved this certification.
“Our company is committed to creating a positive impact in the San Diego economy by only hiring local workers who are eligible to legally work in the United States,” said Body Beautiful president Yogi Mody. “This creates a more stable workforce where employees can keep their jobs for the long term.”
Through the program, all of the employees at Body Beautiful are verified by both the Department of Homeland Security and the Social Security Administration before they are allowed to work. Additionally, the company’s staff is trained with the latest information on detecting fraudulent documentation that may be used to illegally gain employment.
“Throughout my more than 30 years’ experience running Body Beautiful, it has been important to me that we follow all state and federal guidelines related to hiring practices, said Mody. “With the IMAGE program in place, I can feel the utmost confidence in my hiring choices.”
The company has also established internal policies in line with the IMAGE program’s best practices, including a written employment policy, training programs, a tip line and very strict anti-discrimination safeguards.
“As an immigrant, I know the value of hard work and playing by the rules. Body Beautiful is dedicated to earning the respect and loyalty of our employees and customers by demonstrating that we follow the rule of law in all employment practices, including paying legal wages,” said Mody. “Our high standards also ensure our customers receive the highest level of service when they come to one of our locations.”