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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.

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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), 457(b), and 401(a) plan compliance
  • Working with plan sponsors on fiduciary compliance with respect to their retirement plans

Tara graduated from Duke University in 1991 earning a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, in psychology and political science. She earned her juris doctor, 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, Indiana, Tara joined Ice Miller in 1994.

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)
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  • "Federal Tax Update," National Association of College and University Attorneys' 2019 Annual conference, Denver, Colorado, June 25, 2019
  • Central Indiana Chapter ISCEBS Health and Welfare Seminar K12 Education Presentation, Carmel, IN, May 21, 2019
  • "A Retirement Plan Workshop for K-12 Schools," Indianapolis, IN, May 1, 2019
  • "Code Section 4960 Excise Tax," SEC Chief Financial Officer Meeting, Nashville, TN, March 13, 2019
  • "People Payments: Executive Compensation Tax Issues," Higher Education Tax Institute, Austin, TX, June 5, 2018
  • Central Indiana Chapter ISCEBS, Health and Welfare Seminar, Carmel, IN, May 16, 2018
  • "Higher Education Retirement Plans: Update on Litigation and Risk Mitigation Considerations," NACUA webinar, April 12, 2018
  • "The Latest on Retirement Plan Fee Litigation," NACUA Employment Law Conference, March 23, 2018
  • "Mitigating Risk and Achieving Audit Readiness for Your Retirement Plans," Ice Miller Higher Education Seminar, Philadelphia, PA, November 7, 2017
  • "Fee Litigation and Fiduciary Duties," Ohio Attorney General Office, Columbus, OH, October 27, 2017
  • "Creating Effective and Compliant Employee Benefit Plans," Indiana Public School Corporation Seminar, October 24, 2017
  • "Wellness and the Law: Structuring a Legally Compliant Workplace Wellness Program," Indiana Health and Wellness Summit, Indianapolis, IN, October 3, 2017
  • "Deferred Compensation and Employment Agreements," 5th Annual Higher Education Taxation Institute Tax Forum, University of Texas, Austin, TX, June 6, 2017
  • "What's New for Health Care Reform?," National Association of College and University Attorneys' 2017 Annual Conference, Chicago, IL, June 25, 2017
  • "Fee Litigation" and "Update on Final Fiduciary Advice Rule," Core Lawyers Working Group 2017 Annual CLE, Philadelphia, PA, June 8, 2017
  • Central Indiana Chapter ISCEBS Health and Welfare Seminar Presentation, May 10, 2017
  • "Graduate Student Health Insurance and the Affordable Care Act," AGS 68th Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, September 19, 2016
  • "Third Party Payees and Power of Attorney," Core Lawyers Working Group 2016 Annual CLE, New York, NY, July 18, 2016
  • Central Indiana Chapter ISCEBS Health and Welfare Seminar Presentation, May 13, 2016
  • "Affordable Care Act Update," Indiana Chamber of Commerce, Indiana Human Resources Update, September 10, 2015
  • "Rollovers, Contract Exchanges and Plan to Plan Transfers" and "IRS Audits and Church Plans," Core Lawyers Working Group 2015 Annual CLE, Chicago, IL, July 13, 2015
  • "The Affordable Care Act on Campus in 2015: Ask the Experts," National Association of College and University Attorneys' 2015 Annual Conference, Washington, DC, June 30, 2015
  • "Surviving an IRS Audit," Indiana Plan Sponsor Workshop, June 9, 2015
  • "2015 Health & Welfare Update Seminar," Central Indiana Chapter - ISCEBS & Ice Miller, May 19, 2015
  • "Ethics in the Cloud," Church Plan Workshop, Scottsdale, AZ, April 28, 2015
  • "Trends & Benchmarking Higher Education Plans," webinar for White Oak Advisors, March 10, 2015
  • "The Final Countdown:  Preparing for the Employer Mandate and Reporting for Educational Institutions," webinar for Everence members, November 17 and 19, 2014
  • "Health Care Reform Update," Indiana Chamber of Commerce, seminar for constituent members, October 30, 2014
  • "Navigating the Complicated Landscape of ACA Implementation:  Health Insurance Requirements and Defining Full-Time Employees," American Conference Institute's Forum on Legal, Regulatory & Compliance Forum on Higher Education Law, Chicago, IL, October 7, 2014
  • "Benefits Law Briefing:  Welfare Benefits Program," American Benefits Council, virtual seminar, August 28, 2014
  • "The Affordable Care Act:  Are You Ready for Pay or Play?,"  National Association of College and University Attorneys' Annual Conference, Denver, CO, June 22, 2014
  • "The Affordable Care Act:  Compliance Issues for Colleges and Universities," National Association of College and University Attorneys in Cooperation with the American Council on Education and the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources, virtual seminar, May 6, 2014
  • "The Affordable Care Act:  Compliance Issues for School Corporations," Indiana Association of School Business Officials Annual Meeting, French Lick, IN, May 9, 2014
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