Welcome to the Desert Communities Employer Advisory Council (DCEAC) web site! The DCEAC is comprised of private and public sector employers working in association with the Employment Development Department (EDD) and the local business community. Our goal is to promote a better working relationship with EDD and the Workforce Development Center in our area, to network with one another, and to provide continuing educational information to our members and the community at large.

Our Board meets monthly and we hold solution centered business seminars three times a year, as well as free general membership meetings. Our area includes the greater Coachella Valley (Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Desert Hot Springs, Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage, Indio and Coachella), the High Desert communities and Blythe. We invite you to join us and become a member!

Membership fees: $40.00 annually.

Membership Application

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Legislative and Judicial Update 2020
Date: Wednesday, January 8, 2020
Time: 11:15 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.
Location: Desert Willow Golf Resort – 38995 Desert Willow Drive Palm Desert, CA 92260


Legislative and Judicial Update 2020 will provide an overview of the 2019 legislative and case law developments affecting California employers. Expectations for 2020 will be presented. Recent court decisions, administrative decisions, and wage and hour laws will also be covered.

Speaker: William Betley

William Betley is an attorney and partner with the law offices of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo. He practices in all areas of employment law, including unlawful harassment, discrimination, wrongful termination, employee classification, and wage and hour. He counsels, negotiates, and represents employers against all forms of employment claims. He works with architects, engineers, and subcontractors in all phases of construction planning, development, negotiation, and litigation.

Mr. Betley was admitted to practice law in California in 1984. He is a member of the American Bar Association, Defense Research Institute, Inland Valleys Employer Advisory Council, Orange County Employer Advisory Council, California Chamber of Commerce, Society for Human Resources Management, Professionals in Human Resources Association, Orange County Bar Association, Building Industry Association, and Home Builders Council. He is listed in the National Registry of who’s who for Attorneys in the United States.

Contact for Registration: Felicia Simonsen / [email protected]

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Desert Communities 2019/2020 Board

Chair Person
Vacant-Until filled:
Julie Hillstead, Ma., CRC.
State Council on Developmental Disabilities
909.204.0000 cell 760.770.6238 office
[email protected]

Vice Chair
Julie Hillstead, Ma., CRC.
State Council on Developmental Disabilities
909.204.0000 cell 760.770.6238 office
[email protected]

Anita Marlowe
RE Vacation Rentals, EDD Retired
[email protected]

Public Relations

Legislative Coordinator

Speaker Coordinator
Until filled: [email protected]

EDD/DCEAC Coordinator
Felicia Simonsen
[email protected]

Veteran’s Representative

Auxiliary Member
Karen Snake
“Just Ask”- Resource Consultant
760. 917.1211

Linda Reyes
Dept. of Rehabilitation
Business Specialist
Inland Empire District-Palm Desert Branch
Phone: 760-674-0299
[email protected]

Member at Large
For more information, contact:

Anita Marlowe, Treasurer
[email protected]