The Uncommon Life

Introducing the New York Paid Leave Coalition

March 22, 2018

UncommonGoods team members are passionate about their work. As partners, parents, sons, and daughters we’re also committed to family. All workers should be able to balance the two, but nearly 85% of Americans aren’t able to take paid time off to care for a new child or seriously ill loved one. In fact, the United States is the only highly industrialized country that does not mandate paid family leave. That’s why we’ve been voicing our support for Paid Family Leave laws in all 50 states, including in our home in New York. To continue these efforts, we’re proud to partner with the New York Paid Leave Coalition.Starting January 1, 2018, New York became the fourth state to officially launch a Paid Family Leave program, which means that New York’s working families no longer have to choose between caring for their loved ones and risking their economic security.

New York’s Paid Family Leave law will be phased in over a period of four years. The New York Paid Leave Coalition is working hard to educate organizations and key constituencies to ensure that the new law is rolled out successfully. During these first critical months, we are excited to welcome the New York Paid Leave Coalition to our Better to Give program. Through this partnership, when you choose the New York Paid Leave Coalition at checkout, we will donate $1 (at no cost to you) to support them in their mission to promote sensible workplace policy change in New York State.

For more information about New York’s Paid Family Leave program, please visit

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While we are thrilled about this exciting milestone, we know that there is still more work to do. There are still 45 states that haven’t passed Paid Family Leave laws. Do you know where your state stands? Visit our interactive map to learn more and take action:

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