TORONTO, June 10, 2013 /CNW/ - Morneau Shepell (TSX: MSI), the largest
company in Canada offering human resources consulting and outsourcing
services, welcomed today's announcement that the Government of Canada
will be reforming the way it handles disability management for the
federal public service. The announcement was made earlier today by the
Honourable Tony Clement, President of the Treasury Board.
Bill Morneau, Executive Chairman of Morneau Shepell, offered the
following comments on the announcement:
"We applaud the Government of Canada for taking a much-needed step to
modernize its human resource practices. The federal government has a
chance to improve the health and well-being of public servants while
also reducing costs and improving efficiency.
"Minister Clement's announcement is aligned with best practices in human
resource management. Over the past few years, we have seen many of our
clients move in the same direction, with very positive results. Today's
announcement provides a framework for shifting the focus to promoting
the health and productivity of employees and providing them with more
complete income protection.
"The current disability coverage for employees of the Government of
Canada is more than 40 years old, and has not kept pace with the needs
of today's workforce. The Canadian workplace has transformed itself
over this period and all employers must ensure that their programs are
updated to meet current day demands in areas such as mental health,
which represents about half of disability claims today. Minister
Clement's announcement allows an opportunity to develop an approach
that better integrates disability management with employee assistance
programs and other workplace wellness programs. This would be a
win-win scenario for the Government of Canada and its employees.
"Similar changes have been implemented in organizations including Canada
Post and many major Canadian companies in cooperation with unions and
employees, who recognize that moving towards a system that provides a
safety net that helps get employees back to work is in the interest of
About Morneau Shepell Inc.
Morneau Shepell is the largest company in Canada offering human
resources consulting and outsourcing services. The Company is the
leading provider of Employee and Family Assistance Programs, as well as
the largest administrator of retirement and benefits plans. 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 more than 8,000 clients, ranging from
small businesses to some of the largest corporations and associations
in North America. With approximately 3,300 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.
SOURCE: Morneau Shepell Inc.
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