Employees are an asset to any business; they are its lifeblood and keep it operating, sometimes in challenging circumstances. If you have employees, then you need to ensure they are adequately protected by holding employers’ liability insurance, it is a legal requirement and you can be fined if you do not.
Employers have a responsibility for the health and safety of their employees whilst they are at a place of work. Employers’ liability insurance will provide protection for your current employees should they become injured at work, as well as former employees that may develop an illness that is directly related to business activities whilst employed by you. The insurance policy will be utilised should they decide to make a compensation claim against you. There may be exceptions to this, for example, if the injury was as a result of a motor accident, as other insurance policies will cover these occurrences. However, just like employers liability insurance, motor insurance is also mandatory.
It is illegal to fail to hold insurance cover for your employees and you run the risk of having to personally pay out for any compensation claims against you or your business. Not only that, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is responsible for law enforcement in this area. Their inspectors can arrive at your premises unannounced and request to see your insurance certificates. If you fail to hold insurance cover or have inappropriate cover you can be fined £2,500 a day for each day that you fail to meet the requirement. Even if you have adequate insurance but are unable to produce the certificates, you can still be fined up to £1,000.
If you have employees that are usually based in England, Scotland or Wales (also including offshore installations such as oil and gas rigs) you will need employers’ liability insurance. However, if some, or all of your employees are usually based outside of the previously mentioned jurisdictions, then you will not require the insurance. ‘Usually‘ in this case has a strict meaning, if your employees come back into Great Britain for 14 or more consecutive days, or 7 or more for offshore installations, then they will be classed as UK based and will require insurance.
Caution should be taken though, it is likely that there will be equivalent or similar rules in place in most countries in which your employees operate. In order to comply with the corresponding laws of those countries, you should make detailed enquiries into the type of insurance you will need and the level of cover to hold. As a responsible employer you should also consider an appropriate insurance policy from a UK based insurer, even if it is not a requirement, it is always important to protect your employees!
You will need to hold cover from an insurer that is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, that may sound restrictive, but there are currently 877 insurers that have the necessary authority, many of which Insure 24-7 have a relationship with.
Typically, you will take out an insurance policy that is bespoke to your business, this will allow the insurer to assess you the risk of your employees being injured and the cost of any future potential claims. The higher the risk, the more expensive your policy will be, which stands to reason. However, you should never be tempted to artificially make your business seem a better risk than it actually is. As any compensation paid will be for third parties, your insurer can not refuse to pay, however, if you have lied or mislead the insurer in any way, this may give them recourse to sue you personally for any compensation paid out, you could also open yourself up to fines being levied for being inappropriately insured.
Not only is the insurance itself compulsory, so is the minimum cover. You will need at least £5 million although most insurers offer cover starting from £10 million. Insure 24-7 will work with you to look at your potential risks so that an appropriate policy can be sourced.
When you receive your insurance certificate it must be clearly displayed in an area of your business that your employees have access to. The certificate must show the business name and the level of cover taken out. In an effort to move with the times, since October 2008, companies have been allowed to display the certificate electronically, many opting to utilise an intranet or similar
In most cases, yes. However, there are some exclusions:
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