Employer's liability insurance
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Frequently asked questions
Do I need employer's liability insurance?
If your organisation has employees (or volunteers), employer's liability insurance is a legal requirement. You need to have a minimum of £5m cover in place (our policy provides £10m). Without it, you could face a fine of up to £2,500 for each day you are uninsured.
If you don't have any employees or volunteers, you are not required to have employer's liability insurance by law.
What kind of claims does employer's liability insurance cover against?
Employer's liability insurance covers against a wide range of claims from injury caused to employees arising from their employment with you.
The most common claims tend to be slips, trips and falls. An example would be if an employee tripped over a computer cable or loose floor tile and broke their arm. They are unable to work for several weeks and seek compensation for their injury from you. Employer's liability insurance covers the legal costs in defending the claim as well as any compensation payments due.
What's the difference between public liability insurance and employer's liability insurance?
Public liability insurance covers against allegations of injury or illness suffered by third parties (such as members of the public or clients), or damage to third party property, as a result of your negligence. Importantly, public liability insurance doesn't cover your employees.
Employer's liability insurance, however, covers against allegations of injury or illness suffered by employees arising from their employment with you.
Both covers are essential if you have employees and interact with members of the public or clients.
What is an ERN number, and where can I find it?
If you have registered as an employer with HMRC, you will have been assigned an ERN number (also known as your Employer PAYE Reference). You will be able to find this in your HMRC welcome pack, on your P60 and on most correspondence you receive from HMRC.
We are required to collect this number by our regulators. ELTO (the Employer's Liability Trading Office) have created a database which enables employees to easily identify their previous employer's insurers should they need to make a claim in the future.
If you are not registered as an employer with HMRC, you are exempt from holding an ERN number and do not need to provide one to us.
Why should I insure with Markel?
Established over 25 years ago, we've gained an unrivalled understanding of the risks facing contractors, consultants, freelancers and self-employed professionals, and our policies are specially designed to protect you.
We're regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and Prudential Regulation Authority, and you can view our details on the Financial Services Register. We're a division of Markel International, a Lloyd's and London market insurer that wrote gross premiums of £850m ($1.05 billion) in 2016.
We're proud to have been named Claims Team of the Year at the Commercial Insurance Awards 2016. We know how much disruption a claim can bring to your life, which is why we aim to deal with all claims fairly and swiftly.
Still not sure? Call us on 0800 640 6600 - one of our insurance experts will be more than happy to answer any questions you have and talk you through the insurance we offer so you can choose the right cover for your business. Alternatively, get an online quote in 90 seconds now and call us later if anything needs clarifying.