Take comfort and solace--: a small business and family's war with federal bureaucrats and a call to action
printed by John S. Swift Co., Apr 1, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 219 pages
With an engineering degree in hand, Bill Pierce set out to reach the pinnacle of his profession with the receipt of his licensure as a Registered Professional Engineer and the experience to support his specialty of conceptual planning. The dream never included the development of an engineering consulting firm operating out of three Midwest cities with annual revenues in the millions, fifty professional employees, and a clientele list of a number of Fortune 100 companies. It was a true American success story.But the plan never included a protracted sixteen year battle with federal bureaucrats. A battle which ultimately cost Pierce his business, professional stature, office, two United States Patents, and his familys home and financial security. The battle lines were drawn in the sand when the governments attorney called Pierce to demand he negotiate or federal lawsuits would be filed over Pierces flextime policy he established for his employees. The governments concept of negotiate was do it their way or else, even though no defining regulations, interpretive bulletins, federal documentation, or case law to support their position could be provided.In Take Comfort and Solace , Pierce exposes the practices of federal bureaucrats that have set them free to conduct business contrary to federal law, and free of any degree of responsibility and accountability. You will learn how a federal agency:violated their own handbook, regulations, federal law, an acknowledged mandate from Congress, and even a presidential executive order so they could create a new avenue of litigation against private sector employers;created a double standard to keep private sector employees from a flextime policy, at the same time they created an exemption for all government workers;altered the plain language of the law in court documents;filed false and fraudulent court claims in order to harass and intimidate.(continued on back flap)You will also discover how their actions fall below the radar screen of Congress and the federal courts system; and even when they are exposed, the agents are held to no accountability at all. But most importantly you will learn that the chief administrator feels it is acceptable for the departments attorneys to do whatever is necessary to win, and the most vulnerable among our society is the small business owner.Our government was established with a system of checks and balances, but you will be amazed at how the actual practice is unconcerned with the exposure of an agencys misconduct and so dismissive of the whistle-blower.
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Chapter One I Pledge My Allegiance
Chapter Two Entrepreneurship
Chapter Three The Law versus The Regulation
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