Your Money: Oct. 5, 1998

WORKERS PLAYING HOOKY

More Americans may have jobs these days, but a growing number seem to be skipping out on work. According to a report released last week, the rate of unscheduled office absences, owing primarily to personal needs, stress or illness, hit a seven-year high in the past year. Small businesses were hit especially hard by the problem, which can cost companies a pretty penny.

GET BILLS WITH LESS PAIN

Tired of digging through junk mail to get to your bills? Net surfers will soon be able to enjoy electronic bill presentment, which "sends" digital copies of bills to websites...

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