Tara Schulstad Sciscoe is a partner in the Employee Benefits Group of Ice Miller LLP. She advises employers, plans and trusts with respect to the design and compliance of their employee benefit programs, including their retirement plans, deferred compensation plans, health and welfare plans, severance plans, early retirement programs, executive compensation programs, tuition remission and fringe benefit plans, and phased retirement programs.

Examples of key matters:

• Advising governmental, private and tax-exempt employers with respect to Health Care Reform compliance
• Designing and implementing early retirement programs for colleges and universities
• Structuring, drafting and implementing executive compensation programs for presidents and coaches
• Working with church plans with respect to retirement and welfare plan compliance across multiple interrelated programs and across multiple states
• Advising employers regarding wellness programs, cafeteria plan compliance, health savings accounts, and defined contribution health care strategies
• Consulting with tax-exempt and educational employers on all aspects of 403(b) plan compliance

Tara graduated from Duke University in 1991 earning a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, in psychology and political science. She earned her juris doctorate, cum laude and Order of the Coif, from the University of Michigan in 1994, where she was a contributing editor of the Michigan Law Review. Born in Indianapolis, Ind., Tara joined Ice Miller in 1994.

Representative Clients
Reported and Representative Cases
  • Fairfield Mfg. Co. v. Hartman, 132 F. Supp. 2d 1142 (N.D. Ind. 2001)
  • Eaton v. Onan Corporation, 117 F.Supp. 2d 812 (S.D. Ind. 2000).
  • Marriott Mgmt. Services Corp. v. School Employees Retirement System, Nos. 96-4191, 96-4194 (6th Cir. 1998)
  • Reilly v. Daly, 666 N.E.2d 439 (Ind. App. Ct. 1996)
Firm Publications
Published In
  • "Covering the Kids: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's Adult Child Coverage Mandate" Health Care Law Monthly, July 2011, Volume 2011, Issue No. 7
  • "Health Care Reform and its Effect on Student Health Plans," NACUANote, Spring 2011
  • "Health Care Reform and Colleges and Universities: The Initial Impact," NACUANote, Fall 2010
  • Compliance with the New 403(b) Regulations," NACUANote, Fall 2008
  • "Should I Stay or Should I Go? Early Retirement Incentive Programs," Summer 2007, NACUA
  • "Take Control of Your Retirement Plan," November 2006, NACUBO Business Officer Magazine
  • "Rethinking Deferred Compensation Plans for Executives of Tax-Exempt Employers," Journal of Deferred Compensation, Aspen Publishers, Vol. 8, No. 3, Spring 2003
Ice Miller News
Speaking Engagements
  • "Health Care Reform Update," IASBO Region 5 meeting, Kokomo, IN Dec. 10, 2013
  • "Health Care Reform," Indiana School Boards Association seminar, Nov. 1, 2013
  • "Indiana Health Care Reform," Chamber of Commerce, Evansville, IN, Oct. 28, 2013
  • "Health Care Reform Update," IASBO Region 8 meeting, Whiteland, IN, Oct. 9, 2013
  • "University Compliance with the Affordable Care Act," National Association of College and University Attorneys, Philadelphia, PA, June 21, 2013
  • "Church Plan Status Update," Core Lawyers Working Group 2013 Annual Conference, Minneapolis, MN, June 24, 2013
  • "403(b) and 457(b) Plan Basics," American Bar Association Joint Committee on Employee Benefits Webinar, May 30, 2013
  • "Employer Responsibilities under Health Care Reform," IASBO Annual Meeting, Fort Wayne, IN, May 10, 2013
  • "The Legal Side of Wellness," Greater Evansville Workplace Wellness Symposium, Evansville, IN, Feb. 26, 2013
  • "What's Up Doc? Employer Responsibilities under Health Care Reform," Indiana Chapter CUPA-HR, Indianapolis, IN, Feb. 8, 2013
  • "Health Care Reform: Next Steps and Next Issues for Colleges and Universities," Webinar, Jan. 30, 2013
  • "Employer Responsibilities Under Health Care Reform," Ice Miller Sponsored Seminar/Webinar, Nov. 13 and 14, 2012
  • "Church Plan Issues Update," Core Lawyers Working Group 2012 Annual Conference, Washington, D.C., August 7, 2012
  • "Health Care Reform: What Happens Now," The Indiana Chamber of Commerce, Indianapolis, IN, July 24, 2012
  • "Legal Considerations in Retirement Plan Trends," CIC HR Meeting, Chicago, IL, May 11, 2012
  • "Health Care Reform - Looking Forward to 2012 and Beyond," Indiana Benefits Conference, Indianapolis, IN, Oct. 25, 2011
  • "403(b) Plan Update," Core Lawyers Working Group 2011 Annual Conference, Washington, D.C., June 29, 2011
  • "Health Care Reform in 2011," NACUA 2011 Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA, June 26, 2011
  • "State and Federal Health Insurance Updates: Where Are We Now?," IASBO 2011 Annual Meeting, Ft. Wayne, IN, May 12, 2011
  • "Update on Puerto Rican Plans," Church Plans," Church Plan Workshop 2011 Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL, April 11, 2011
  • "Healthcare Reform's Impact on Benefit Plans from an Employer's Perspective," CUPA-HR, Indianapolis, IN, Feb. 4, 2011
  • "Health Care Reform: What Do Employers Need to Do to Comply Now?," Marion-Grant County Chamber of Commerce Meeting, Marion, IN, Nov. 17, 2010
  • "Health Care Reform Update," IASBO Human Resources Issues Seminar, Plainfield, IN, Oct. 21, 2010
  • "Health Care Reform: What It Means for You - Part 2," Sikich LLP, Aurora, IL, Sept. 22, 2010
  • "Health Care Reform: Reporting and Disclosure, Wellness Programs, Preparing for Open Enrollment," IASBO State and Federal Health Care Issues Seminar, Plainfield, IN, Sept. 15, 2010
  • "Health Care Reform: Employer Mandates Applicable to All Plans," IASBO State and Federal Health Care Issues Seminar, Plainfield, IN, Sept. 15, 2010
  • "Fiduciary Responsibility and Church Plans," Core Lawyers Working Group 2010 Annual Conference, July 19, 2010, Denver, CO
  • "The Impact of Health Care Reform on College and University Employee and Student Health Plans." NACUA 2010 Annual Conference, Washington, D.C., June 30, 2010
  • "Higher Education Retirement Income Issues: Roles and Responsibilities," NACUA 2010 Annual Conference, Washington, D.C., June 29, 2010
  • "The Impact of Health Care Reform on Employers," Sikich LLP, Aurora, Illinois, June 16, 2010
  • "The Impact of Health Care Reform on Colleges and Universities," University of Indianapolis and the Independent Colleges of Indiana, Indianapolis, Indiana, June 10, 2010
  • "Health Care Reform: Impact on Employers and Benefits Plans," Indiana Chamber of Commerce, French Lick, Indiana, May 19, 2010
  • "Health Care Reform: Impact on Employers and Benefit Plans," Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce, Indianapolis, Indiana, April 29, 2010
  • "Employee Benefits, Including Early Retirement Incentives," NACUA CLE Workshop, San Diego, Calif., March 18, 2010
  • "403(b) 5500 Data and Audit Issues," ASPPA Annual Conference, Washington, D.C., Nov. 4, 2009
  • "The Federal Stimulus Package, Workforce Adjustments and Displacements, and 403(b) Plans: Living with the New Regulations," Three Part Webinar Series, Illinois Colleges and Universities, April 14, 21 and 28, 2009
  • "Achieving 403(b) Retirement Plan Compliance by December 31st," NACUBO Tax Forum, Chicago, Ill., Nov. 18, 2008
  • "Big Changes are Happening in the 403(b) World – Are You Prepared?" Sikich LLP, Aurora, Ill., Sept. 10, 2008
  • "Understanding the Final 403(b) Regulations," College and University Professional Association for Human Resources , State of Indiana, Aug. 26, 2008
  • "Spring into Business – The Final Guide to the 403(b) Regulations," Independent Schools Association of Central States, May 2, 2008
  • "Finally, the 403(b) Regulations Go Final," Butler University and Independent Colleges of Indiana Seminar, Oct. 17, 2007
  • "The Numbers Game: 403(b), 409A, etc.," Indiana Association of School Business Officials, Oct. 4, 2007
  • "403(b) Final Regulations - A Practical Guide for School Corporations," Northern Indiana Educational Services Cooperative, Sept. 14, 2007
  • "Age Discrimination," Financial Services Program Annual Conference, Indiana State Teachers Association, April 10-12, 2007
  • "Negotiating Superintendent Contracts," Marion County Superintendent's Association, Jan. 27, 2007
  • "The Rules Have Changed - Are Your Employees at Risk for Tax Penalties?" Central Association of College and University Business Officers Annual Conference, Oct. 16, 2006
  • "The Big Picture in Human Resources," Ohio College and University Business Officers, July 19, 2006
  • "Employee Benefits: A Primer on How to Talk the Talk," National Association of College and University Attorneys Annual Conference, June 28, 2006
  • "Executive Compensation, The Future of Retirement Plans, and Early Retirement Incentive Plans," Great Lakes Colleges Association, June 14, 2006
  • "How to Stay Out of Trouble Part II - Common Compliance Issues in School Retirement and Retiree Benefit Programs," Indiana Association of School Business Officials, Oct. 18, 2005
  • "Employee Benefits Round-Up," Annual Conference, National Association of College and University Attorneys, June 28, 2005
  • "Non-Qualified Deferred Compensation Plans of Colleges and Universities," Tax Institute for Colleges and Universities, May 23, 2005
  • "Supplemental Retirement and Severance Pay: How to Recognize if Your School - and Your Employees - Have Problems Under the Tax Code and Other Federal Laws," ISTA Financial Services Corporation Educational Conference, May 3, 2005
  • "VEBAs: Where Do We Go From Here?" Indiana Association of School Business Officials, Sept. 22, 2004
  • "Controlling Fiduciary Exposure in a Post-Enron World," Annual Conference, National Association of College and University Business Officers, July 19, 2004
  • "Attracting and Retaining School Administrators," South Central Indiana School Superintendents Conference, July 15, 2004
  • "Alphabet Soup: ADEA, ADA, FMLA and COBRA," Indiana Chamber of Commerce, Jan. 29, 2002
  • "The Fundamentals of Non-Discrimination Testing," Church Plan Workshop, April 2001
  • "What is an ERISA Plan?" Indiana Chamber of Commerce, Jan. 30, 2001
  • "ERISA Basics," Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum, Jan. 23, 2001
  • "Top Ten Fiduciary Failures," Risk Insurance Managers Association, Indiana Division, 2000
  • "Non-Qualified Deferred Compensation Arrangements," National Association of Financial and Insurance Advisors, March 2, 2000
  • "Qualified Domestic Relations Orders," Ice Miller Sponsored Breakfast Workshop, 2000
  • "Fiduciary Red Flags," Circle City Seminar, March 5, 1999