Canada: The Colonel & the Company

Canadian law requires an employer to rehire a World War II veteran "under conditions not less favorable" than those he enjoyed before entering the service—or pay a penalty. To Marathon Paper Mills of Canada, Ltd., this seemed like expensive nonsense in the case of Colonel Alfred Louis Johnson. The case became the first court test involving a senior executive, under the Reinstatement Act.

Big, affable Al Johnson, now 47, was running the General Timber Co., Ltd. when Marathon took it over in 1938, retained him as general manager of its pulpwood operations near Port...

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