San Diego Business Journal

SDBJ SPECIAL REPORTS

Retail and Hospitality Projects Are Keeping Lusardi Busy

A strong balance sheet and demand for hotel and school construction helped Lusardi Construction Co. of San Marcos weather the recession, said Chris Hess, company vice president.

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Building Momentum

Some Construction Firms Face Challenge of Rebuilding Workforce to Meet New Demand

San Diego’s construction industry is starting to show signs of a slow recovery after a downturn during the recession that hit some segments especially hard while causing a less severe setback to others.

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Labor Forces

WORKFORCE: Demand Leads Companies in Key Industries to Fill Positions

San Diego’s labor market is looking up with more companies hiring local talent.

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Covering Insurance Costs Part of the Plan for These Companies

Of the 100 companies featured in the Aug. 18 issue of the San Diego Business Journal named among the “Best Places to Work” in San Diego County, only ten pay 100 percent of an employee’s health insurance premiums.

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Working at Staying Healthy

BENEFITS: Wellness Programs Are Part of Employee-Health Strategy

Employer wellness programs have grown rapidly in recent years in part to tackle skyrocketing health care insurance premium costs, with a side goal of improving the wellness and productivity of the workforce. Biometric screenings are a large part of wellness programs.

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Executive Q&A: Greg Lucier

In a single decade Greg Lucier transformed a small biotech startup, Invitrogen Corp., with 1,500 employees into Life Technologies Corp., an international giant with more than 12,000 employees, 5,000 patents, 50,000 products and nearly $4 billion in sales in more than 180 countries.

Credit Union Membership Shows Biggest Jump in 25 Years

FINANCE: Low Rates On Loans, Higher Rates On Savings Draw Crowd

Credit unions continue to gain converts and recently surpassed the 100 million mark in membership, according to the Credit Union National Association, the trade group representing nearly 7,000 credit unions.

Whistleblower Laws Call for Sound, Clearly Defined Policies

LAW: Proliferation of Lawsuits Emphasizes Scope of the Problem

A tidal wave of new lawsuits claiming retaliation against so-called whistleblowers has been hitting business owners in recent years.

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YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU

LAW: Trade Secret Agreements Are a Must to Protect Assets

When it comes to protecting trade secrets, the biggest obstacle businesses often face is overcoming their employees’ inability to keep their work confidential. It’s human nature to share information, especially when you’ve learned something new and exciting, said Ned Israelsen, managing partner of the San Diego law firm of Knobbe, Martens, Olson & Bear LLP.

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Executive Q&A: SCPMG Chief Administrative Officer Jim Malone

Jim Malone is the chief administrative officer for the Southern California Permanente Medical Group — SCPMG — in San Diego, which consists of more than 1,100 physicians and 4,700 ancillary staff who provide care to more than 534,000 Kaiser Permanente members.

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Kaiser’s New Hospital to Bring 450 Beds to San Diego Market

MEDICINE: Increasing Demand to Be Met By New Facility, Upgrades

Kaiser Permanente’s new 450-bed hospital in Kearny Mesa will feature cutting-edge technology and innovative communication strategies while relieving the growing pressure on its current facilities.