After your BOP, Employment Practices Liability Insurance (EPLI) is one of the most important commercial insurance policies you will ever purchase.
Carrying the right insurance for contractors is just as important as having the right drill bit: it can keep you in business for years to come.
Construction projects are, by their very nature, filled with risk: heavy tools, sharp objects, demolition…need we say more? So when your customers trust you with their homes or businesses, it’s vital to earn and keep their trust; you can do this best by providing top-notch work and protecting them (and yourself) from that risk.
How can you do that? It’s all about having the right insurance policy.
In this article we’ll talk about the different types of insurance for contractors and how to use your coverage to increase your clients’ trust.
Let’s say you run a small business from your home. You don’t have employees; customers don’t come into your store (so no risk of them slipping on a wet floor and suing you); and your custom-designed hair bows aren’t going to injure anyone. Does your business need insurance?
In short, yes.
“Data breach? It only happens to big companies… It will never happen to me… My credit card processing vendor provides protection anyway…. I’m covered…. I don’t need to pay for even more insurance…”
Employee Allegedly Sold “bags of reservation documents” to Identity Thieves
Did you see this recent headline? If not check out the scary story here. This happened right here in Central Florida.
Ever heard the phrase ‘famous last words’? If not, you just read them above. Data breach and cyber security have become major problems facing business owners and individuals over the last decade. Getting caught in the trap of believing it won’t happen to you or that you have adequate protection without specific insurance coverage in place is often devastating. Businesses close, reputation and credit are ruined and recovery takes years if it happens at all.
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Q. What is Employment Practices Liability Insurance?
A. Employment Practices Liability Insurance (EPLI) is a critical form of protection that all businesses need to have. Like worker’s compensation, it does not matter if a company has 1 part-time employee or 1,000 full-time employees; this coverage is paramount. EPLI primarily provides legal defense against claims of improper employer behavior (hiring/firing practices, discipline, harassment in the workplace) and it can sometimes provide coverage for accusations of improper tabulation of hours and payment of wages, as well as third-party (i.e. customer) harassment claims. While illegal and intentional acts are never insurable, the cost of defending such claims can be into the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Employment Practices Liability Insurance policy premiums are incredibly small compared to the potential legal fees that an honest employer may have to pay to defend accusations (whether true or not) made by a disgruntled employee.
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Q. What is Cyber Liability Insurance and do I need it?
A. People have heard of the Target Hack. You may be thinking, well my business isn’t that big or my credit card vendor will cover such a breach. You are wrong. Cyber Liability a category of insurance protection that is needed by every business that uses any sort of electronic database system, takes credit cards, or facilitates any type of electronic transaction using customer information. People often believe that their credit card processing vendor offers them protection, and in some cases they may offer some small form of coverage.
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