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Layoffs are hitting some people who are on parental or medical leave. It is legal for employers to lay off an employee who's on leave as long as there's a legitimate business reason. Paulo Sousa/Getty Images/EyeEm hide caption

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Laid off on leave: Yes, it's legal and it's hitting some workers hard

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Colorado State Sen. Brittany Pettersen with her husband Ian Silverii and their dog Ollie, last August in their home in Colorado. Petterson, who gave birth to the couple's son this year, has lobbied hard to expand paid family and medical leave throughout the state. Helen H. Richardson/MediaNews Group/Denver Post via Getty Images hide caption

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Child Care Scarcity Has Very Real Consequences For Working Families

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Tricia Olson takes a selfie of herself and her son Augustus, or Gus, who sits in his car seat. Olson took three weeks of unpaid leave from her job at a towing company in Rock Springs, Wyo., after giving birth. Courtesy of Tricia Olson hide caption

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On Your Mark, Give Birth, Go Back To Work

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President Obama discussed the need for paid sick leave with women at Charmington's Cafe in Baltimore Thursday. With him are Vika Jordan (from left), Amanda Rothschild and Mary Stein. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption

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