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Mr. McKenzie

Dwayne McKenzie

Partner, Cox, Castle & Nicholson LLP

Dwayne P. McKenzie represents employers, trade associations, owners, public agencies, and labor-management trust funds in employment law, traditional labor relations, ERISA matters, and litigation in state and federal courts.

Employment Litigation And Counseling

Mr. McKenzie represents employers across various industries in a wide range of litigation, including class action claims, wage and hour violations, wrongful termination, sex, race, religious, and other forms of discrimination, sexual harassment, unfair competition, trade secret infringement, breach of contract, company founder and director liability, and various other employment, and business-related issues. He routinely defends employers against charges brought before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing.

Mr. McKenzie also counsels employers in their day-to-day activities, such as structuring new company employment practices, managing and negotiating employment issues in merger and acquisition transactions, negotiating employment and severance contracts, establishing and maintaining employment policies and documents, responding to employee claims of violations of state and federal law, and advising on risk management issues.

General Counsel Experience

As former general counsel for a privately held technology company, Mr. McKenzie was responsible for all legal affairs including patent and copyright, trade secret, and contracting issues. He was active in investor development and relations, giving him practical insight into the needs of employers and growing companies.

Labor Law, Prevailing Wage Law, And Public Contracting

Mr. McKenzie has been involved extensively in prevailing wage law legislation, interpretation, and litigation for over fifteen years and is active in public works, prevailing wage, and other labor-related issues. He regularly represents developer, contractor, and property owner trade associations and individual developers and contractors before the Department of Industrial Relations and in the courts. He also has unique experience with enforcement of public bidding requirements and representation of labor compliance programs mandated on public works under California law.

Employee Benefits, ERISA And Fiduciary Counseling, And Litigation

A substantial portion of his practice involves benefit plan and fiduciary law issues that affect benefit plans, plan sponsors, plan trustees, and plan service-providers. Mr. McKenzie counsels trustees of multi-employer, employment-benefit-related trusts with respect to the fulfillment of their fiduciary and statutory duties, represents such trustees in their dealings with third parties, and is highly sophisticated in benefit plan technology and intellectual property matters.

Please visit http://www.coxcastle.com for more information.

Linkedin Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dwayne-mckenzie-b2416b60/

Mr. McKenzie can be contacted at +1 310-284-2279 or dmckenzie@coxcastle.com

Coming up in August 2020...

Food & Beverage: New Technological Innovations

In the past few years, hotel food and beverage departments have experienced significant growth. Managers are realizing just how much revenue potential this sector holds, both in terms of additional revenue and as a means to enhance the guest experience. As a result, substantial investments are being made in F&B operations as a way to satisfy hotel guests but also to keep pace with the competition. Though it has been a trend for many years, the Farm-to-Table movement shows no signs of abating. Hotel chains are abandoning corporate restaurants and are instead partnering with local chefs to create locally-influenced dining options. Local, farm-sourced ingredients paired with specialty beverages or local wine also satisfies the increasing demand from Millennial travelers who are eager to travel sustainably and contribute to a positive impact. A farm-to-table F&B program also helps to support the local economy, which builds community goodwill. Also popular are "Self-Serv" and "Grab & Go" options. These concepts stem from an awareness that a guest's time is limited and if a hotel can supply them with fast, fresh, food and beverage choices, then so much the better for them. Plus, by placing these specialty kiosks in areas that might be traditionally under-utilized (the lobby, for instance), they can become popular destination locations. Of course, there are new technological innovations as well. In-room, on-screen menus allow guests to order from any restaurant on the property, and some hotels are partnering with delivery companies that make it possible for guests to order food from any restaurant in the area. Also, many hotels are implementing in-room, voice-activated devices, so ordering food via an AI-powered assistant will soon become mainstream as well. The August issue of the Hotel Business Review will report on these developments and document what some leading hotels are doing to expand this area of their business.