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As health care reform provisions are coming down, human resources and finance departments are practicing an increasingly shared role when it comes to benefits, rewards and compensation, says Randall Abbott, senior health and group benefits consultant at Towers Watson, a global professional services company in New York City. While health care reform and associated costs are not the only factors influencing this stronger partnership, they are catalysts because they are issues that affect an employer’s HR department as well as its finance department. For the HR department, health care reform affects the budget for compensation and talent management while overall business costs are impacted by the upcoming provisions, which is a concern for the finance department.

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