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Employers Liability Insurance – A Necessary Employer and Employee Protection Scheme

Todays Date: December 16, 2018

All businesses are required to have employers liability (EL) insurance. This particular business insurance covers compensation costs and any legal fees incurred if an employee falls ill or gets injured at their place of work. Furthermore, employer liability insurance will also protect the employer if the employee dies at their place of work. There are few exceptions when it comes to obtaining this type of insurance; one employee operations (sole proprietor) and businesses that employ immediate families are not obligated to secure this type of liability insurance. However, if you employ anyone other yourself or immediate family members, it is mandatory for you purchase employers liability insurance by law.

Employers liability insurance is not only mandatory in the United States, but also in other countries around the such as France, Great Britain, and Canada.

Your insurance provider is obligated to all the costs incurred if an accident happens at your business and your employee or employees decide to take legal action. Your insurance provider will cover your legal fees, medical fees, and any other fee related to the legal proceedings.

When covered by an employers liability insurance, part or whole of the costs of a claim may be covered for you. This depends upon the factor as to who was responsible for the accident in the first place. If it was your employee himself, you don’t have to worry about the costs any further.

Note again that employers liability insurance is a legal obligation. If you did not get it, you can be punished under the law and may have to pay a fine for each day that your employee(s) were not covered. In fact, a health and safety agency may even shut down your business.

In addition, your liability insurance certificate has to be displayed and accessible in your place of business. Your employees have to able to see it and access it. Some other highly visible places to display a copy of your certificate is the information board of your building, or have an electronic scan of the certificate on your website.

Employers liability insurance will only cover your employees. For people outside of the organization, you will need a Public liability insurance policy. This is meant to cover the case of a visitor suffering an accident inside your organization’s premises.

Employers Liability Insurance only covers employees falling ill, getting injured or death. It doesn’t cover you in case you face claims like employee termination based on faulty judgment or sexual harassment etc.

The insurance provider you get insurance coverage from must be authorized. Otherwise, you are breaching the law anyway. Make sure you take out the time to compare the costs of various insurance providers before signing up with any particular one.

Employers liability insurance is a protection for both the employee and the employer. The employee gets coverage in the event of an accident, and the employer is able to save money. This insurance plan is surely a relief.

About the author: Ben Ashfalk knows a lot about employers liability insurance and liability insurance coverage.

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