Tenant Improvement Market Continues to Be a Challenge

BUILDING: Top Companies Keep Building on Reputation

The 13 companies on the San Diego Business Journal’s 2012 Tenant Improvement list generated just under $324 million in projects in 2011, a 10.3 percent decline from revenues in 2010.

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Executive Profile: Jack Giacomini

“Jack” Giacomini is a third generation hotelier with a record of achievement as hotel manager, owner, and chairman of Hotel Managers Group LLC. with headquarters in San Diego which operates more than 20 hotels throughout the western U.S.

Working Within the Law

LAW: Social Media and New Rulings Complicate Employee Policies, Practices

Salaries and wages are usually one of, if not the, largest expense lines on a company’s income statement.

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Four Important Questions Answered By Four Expert Attorneys

Attorneys who do employment defense work get a lot of interesting questions, particularly about alternate workweeks and flexible work schedules.

Home-Grown Law Firm Rises to No. 1 Spot on 2012 List

For the first time in the last five years, Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP is No. 1 on the San Diego Business Journal’s list of Law Firms.

Professional Profile: Janice Brown

Janice Brown is the founder and CEO of Brown Law Group, a leading San Diego business litigation boutique firm that specializes in all aspects of employment law and business litigation.

‘Healing Process’ Is Slow For Workers’ Comp

INSURANCE: Reforms Are Positive But Need Time to Take Effect

When Chris Hamilton missed a payment on his workers’ compensation insurance bill recently, his contracting business was summarily dumped by the carrier, forcing him to seek coverage from the State Compensation Insurance Fund and pay about double the premium he previously paid.

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Prop 33 Supporters Say Measure Will Reduce Auto Insurance Rates

LAW: Opponents Say It Will Increase the Number of Uninsured

With airwaves and mailboxes chock full of advertisements on better and cheaper auto insurance, drivers are likely checking their premiums and wondering whether changing insurers is worth it.

Property/Casualty Insurance Agencies, Brokerages List at a Glance

There has been a fair amount of movement among the 20 companies participating in this year’s San Diego Business Journal’s Property/Casualty Insurance Agencies, Brokerages list. Formerly No. 2, Barney & Barney LLC rose to the number one spot in 2012, reporting 155 local full-time employees.

Executive Profile: Mike Barone

Mike Barone is the founder and CEO of Intercare Insurance Solutions, an insurance broker. Intercare is dedicated to challenging the status quo to help people and organizations become healthier and more productive, according to the firm.

Putting a Price on Good Health

HEALTH: Investment In Employee Wellness Pays Off for Companies

Wellness program providers can substantiate financial returns as incentives for corporations to get on board with health-wise activities but equally important motivators include improving workplace culture, increasing staff productivity, and maintaining a recruiting and retention tool.

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Wellness Programs Shape Bodies, Attitudes and Teams

HEALTH: Firms Control Insurance Costs and Create Camaraderie With Plans

Several local companies participating in corporate wellness programs are seeing the payoffs, not only in the form of stabilized health insurance costs but also in improved physical well-being of their staff and the intangibles of better teamwork.