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Working Wonders Matching legal, documented, insured workers with short-term jobs

By Pamela Rohland

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It's early morning in the South Bronx, and representativesfrom construction, manufacturing, meat-packing, cleaning and movingcompanies are cruising the streets, plucking would-be employees,many of them undocumented immigrants, from the sidewalks. They aregathered there, hoping for at least one day's work to put moneyin their pockets.

This common scenario is dangerous for both parties: Businessescan be fined or shut down; the workers may not be paid the promisedamount, or they may be cheated altogether. Yet companies nationwideresort to these easy-to-hire workers in order to fill their needfor day laborers and temporary or seasonal workers.

Enter 32-year-old Warren Zinn, a former staffing agency managerturned entrepreneur. His New York City business, Hire Point,matches legal, documented, insured workers with short-term jobs inand around the Bronx. "There's a market demand fortemporary workers that's not being satisfied," he says,explaining why he launched Hire Point. "A lot of companiesdon't know there are places to go to for these kinds ofworkers. At the same time, despite the good economy, there arepockets of poverty where people can't find jobs."

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