Morneau Shepell and the Association des restaurateurs du Québec combine forces to support restaurant owners

Voluntary retirement savings plan and other human resources services now available to the province's restaurant employers and employees

MONTREAL, Sept. 15, 2015 /CNW/ - Morneau Shepell and the Association des restaurateurs du Québec (ARQ) are pleased to announce they have signed a new partnership agreement to support employers and workers in the province's restaurant industry. Under the new agreement, ARQ members will have access to a voluntary retirement savings plan (VRSP) and an employee assistance plan for their employees and family members. Other support services for human resources management will also be offered.

"Morneau Shepell is delighted to expand its partnership with ARQ and offer restaurant managers a range of services designed to improve the financial security, productivity and health of their employees. We are convinced that the added value these services provide will enhance the well-being of restaurant staff," said Julien Ponce, Executive Vice-President of Morneau Shepell.

For Alain Mailhot, CEO of the ARQ, this announcement is good news for Québec restaurant owners. "The industry will be facing significant workforce challenges in the years ahead and this offering concretely addresses the concerns of restaurant employers, especially when it comes to retaining personnel."

Note that gradually, over the next few years, all Québec businesses with five or more employees will be required to offer their workforce a VRSP. For more information about the plan offered by Morneau Shepell and ARQ, visit http://prpp.morneaushepell.com/arq/home.

Morneau Shepell has a strong presence in Québec and has been partnering with ARQ in occupational health and safety since 2001.

About Morneau Shepell Inc.

Morneau Shepell is the only human resources consulting and technology company that takes an integrative approach to employee assistance, health, benefits and retirement needs. The Company is the leading provider of employee and family assistance programs, the largest administrator of retirement and benefits plans and the largest provider of integrated absence management solutions in Canada. Through health and productivity, administrative, and retirement solutions, Morneau Shepell helps clients reduce costs, increase employee productivity and improve their competitive position. Established in 1966, Morneau Shepell serves approximately 20,000 clients, ranging from small businesses to some of the largest corporations and associations in North America. With almost 4,000 employees in offices across North America, Morneau Shepell provides services to organizations across Canada, in the United States, and around the globe. Morneau Shepell is a publicly-traded company on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: MSI). For more information, visit morneaushepell.com.

About the Association des restaurateurs du Québec (ARQ)

Established in 1938, the ARQ has more than 4,800 members, with combined sales of close to $6 billion in 2014, about half of all sales for restaurants in Québec. Offering an impressive array of services in representations to government, training, information, discounts and insurance, the ARQ has become a vital link in the growth and development of Québec's important restaurant industry.

SOURCE Morneau Shepell Inc.

For further information: Josée St-Pierre, Morneau Shepell, T. : 514 392-7862, jstpierre@morneaushepell.com; François Meunier, Vice President, Public & Government Affairs, ARQ, Dominique Tremblay, Information Agent, ARQ, T. : 514 527-9801, 1 800 463-4237, C. : 514 217-4559

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