Canada's Morneau Shepell, India's form employee assistance alliance

TORONTO – Morneau Shepell Inc. has formed a strategic alliance with India’s leading provider of employee assistance programs.

The Toronto-based company — a leading provider of employee assistance programs in North America, and one of the world’s largest — says it’s combining forces with of Bangalore, India.

Employee assistance programs, or EAPs, arrange services that may help workers deal with personal, medical or mental health problems such as depression and suicide-prevention.

Morneau Shepell says the two companies will work together to provide EAP services to employees of multinational companies.

The company — founded in 1966 by the father of Canada’s current finance minister — provides a number of human resources services to its clients and their employees.

Finance Minister Bill Morneau had been executive chairman until October, when he resigned the post following his election as a member of Parliament.