SDBJ SPECIAL REPORTS
WORKFORCE: Demand Leads Companies in Key Industries to Fill Positions
San Diego’s labor market is looking up with more companies hiring local talent.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Now in its fifth year, the Dodd-Frank banking reform law has had a profound effect on every bank, but smaller community banks say they’re feeling the impact from the added regulations far more than larger banks.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Walking through the old mansion-converted City Hall in Amsterdam, N.Y., a young Tim Moran climbed into the gated elevator and braced himself when the elevator shook and creaked to a halt — stalled between floors.
SERVICE: Business Signed First Franchise Agreement in April
San Diego-based Hera Hub, which provides women who work for themselves a working space where they can share ideas and meet with others, has signed its first franchise agreement.