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The Last Mile

Draft Disclaimer/Template Language Addressing Hiring Practices

Summary:

Assist a nonprofit providing education and reentry programs to currently and formerly incarcerated individuals by helping to draft a disclaimer/template language for partner companies considering hiring alumni from the nonprofits’ programming.

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Jurisdiction(s): US
About the Organization: The Last Mile is a non-profit that teaches incarcerated youth, women and men in 6 states computer coding, audio engineering, and video production and provides reentry services for individuals when they return home. One of their primary programs involves workforce reentry, whereby The Last Mile partners with top tier companies to help program alumni obtain jobs in business and tech.
Legal Entity Type: Nonprofit/Charity
SDG(s): Decent Work and Economic Growth, End Poverty, Good Health and Well Being, Partnerships to achieve the Goals, Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions, Quality Education, Reduced Inequalities
Legal Issue(s):

The Last Mile is seeking assistance drafting a template provision/language that will alert potential hiring partners’ HR teams of their responsibility to conduct due diligence to assure their ability to engage with The Last Mile before significant time and resources are spent. This language could be used to amend or replace language in the prospective partners’ current contracts, allowing them to hire individuals with backgrounds that don’t directly impact the role they are applying for. Oftentimes, The Last Mile team enters conversations with potential partners that want to hire alumni/formerly incarcerated individuals. However, internal policies act as barriers and the prospective partners don’t know how to navigate or address the problem. The hope is that while this new language won’t apply in all situations, at a minimum it will serve as a starting point for conversations.