Great video from Chubb Insurance about the importance of Employment Practices Liability.
Employment Practices Liability - EPL - covers businesses against claims by workers that their legal rights as employees of the company have been violated.
The number of lawsuits filed by employees against their employers has been rising. While most suits are filed against large corporations, no company is immune to such lawsuits. Recognizing that smaller companies now need this kind of protection, some insurers provide this coverage as an endorsement to their Directors and Officers Liability policy. An endorsement changes the terms and conditions of the policy. Other companies offer EPL as a stand-alone coverage.
EPL provides protection against many kinds of employee lawsuits, including claims of:
The cost of EPL coverage depends on your type of business, the number of employees you have and various risk factors such as whether your company has been sued over employment practices in the past. The policies will reimburse your company against the costs of defending a lawsuit in court and for judgments and settlements. The policy covers legal costs, whether your company wins or loses the suit. Policies also typically do not pay for punitive damages or civil or criminal fines. Liabilities covered by other insurance policies are excluded from EPL policies.
To prevent employee lawsuits, educate your managers and employees so that you minimize problems in the first place: