As we continue to make our way through the busy season I
need to remind all our Van Operators about the Labor background certification
requirements. Our Van Operators, as the end user and ultimate check point
for assuring all labor on our jobs is background checked, remain our best and
final defense against unauthorized labor being present on any of our orders.
Please be sure that you ask for background certified labor
when you request labor from a UniGroup agent. Additionally please be sure to
inquire of every laborer what their certification number is. Recently a
Van Operator contacted a helper directly, one which he originally secured from
a UniGroup agent in previous trips to their city, and had the helper meet him
at the job site. The Van Operator never asked him for his certification ID # as
he assumed since he originally got the helper from a UniGroup agent that he was
certified. It turned out the helper had not been background checked and as a
result the Van Operator was held accountable for the helper not being qualified
to be on the job.
While we’d all like to think that anytime we get help from a
UniGroup agent that they have been background checked, the fact is some may not
have been checked. And in the end the person who takes that helper out on the
job is ultimately responsible. PLEASE be sure to ask the helper for their
certification number. If they can’t produce it ask for a different helper.
ALL Suddath offices are REQUIRED to provide you background
certified help. ASK for the ID # to verify.
background checks are valid for 3 years; Quick checks are valid for only 72
hours. WHEN IN DOUBT PLEASE CALL!
Labor Compliance can assist agents/ Van Operators in the
verification of any background check information that an individual may
provide. Labor Compliance can be reached at 800-428-1267. It wouldn’t
hurt to make the call and double check the information.
As always thank for all you do and be safe out there!
Paul J Gleason
Suddath Relocation Systems