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The cost of sick days

Sarah Gardner | Jan 6, 2006
One survey last year calculated the annual cost of sick days at more than $600 per employee. New research suggests it's probably higher. Work and Family correspondent Sarah Gardner reports that the financial side-effects go beyond the obvious.
Posted In: Health

David Johnson checks in

Tess Vigeland | Jan 6, 2006
Stockbroker David Johnson talks with Marketplace host Tess Vigeland about this week's ups and downs on the stock market. He's feeling more chipper than last week.
Posted In: Wall Street

Leaving Chad hanging

Jeff Tyler | Jan 6, 2006
Today World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz put the stop on loans to Chad, saying that the African country changed an oil law and broke an agreement with the Bank. Jeff Tyler explains the details.
Posted In: Canada

That pesky healthcare

| Jan 6, 2006
President Bush is likely to include a call for new and better healthcare markets in his State of the Union address later this month. Economist and commentator Glenn Hubbard says we need them.
Posted In: Health

Etiquette classes

Judith Ritter | Jan 6, 2006
People who are savvy in the boardroom but a little more rusty with manners are turning to business etiquette classes to brush up. Well-mannered reporter Judith Ritter sat in on a Palm Beach class.

Preschool teacher pay

Sarah Gardner | Jan 6, 2006
Work and Family correspondent Sarah Gardner looks at why preschool teachers, on average, make less money than animal trainers.

Surf's down, dude

Jane Lindholm | Jan 6, 2006
News that a top supplier of foam surfboard cores planned to close up shop touched off fears of a pending surfboard shortage. But as Jane Lindholm reports, a new manufacturer is ready to fill the void.

China diversifies its investments

Jocelyn Ford | Jan 6, 2006
Beijing has suggested it's going to diversify its investments away from the US dollar and US government bonds. China is the second-largest holder of US treasuries. Is this bad news for the average American homeowner? Jocelyn Ford reports from Beijing.

IBM's pension change

Stacey Vanek Smith | Jan 6, 2006
Big Blue has announced plans to freeze its pension program by 2008 and place all new employees on a 401(k) plan. The move could save the company $3 billion by 2010. Is this the wave of the future for pension plans? Stacey Vanek-Smith has more.

Retail roundup

Alisa Roth | Jan 6, 2006
Alisa Roth looks at what disappointing chain-store sales in December could mean for retail in 2006.