BIBA publishes key person insurance guide

The British Insurance Brokers’ Association and Group Risk Development (GriD) have launched a new guide to business key person and employee protection insurance.

While business owners are comfortable discussing their need for the likes of fire, theft, liability and business interruption insurance, some may not consider employees as assets that need protection. As BIBA highlights, however, businesses with 250 or fewer employees are particularly vulnerable to a financial loss that will impact their operations if a key individual dies or becomes unable to work because they become ill or disabled.

This new guide explains how businesses can be protected against this possibility and how they can get appropriate advice about the range of insurance covers available.

BIBA’s executive director Graeme Trudgill said: “Following the success of our SME Insurance Guide which explained how businesses could be protected against damage, interruption and liability risks we recognised that more could be done to help businesses understand the risk of the loss of key employees. Insurance brokers can use this guide to raise the need for their clients to protect their most valuable asset – their people.

“Insurance brokers, advisors and intermediaries are able to provide advice on the different insurance policies available to a business and help them to understand the basis of their insurances and the risks they face. In this sense this guide is invaluable.”

GriD’s Katharine Moxham, who co-authored the guide added: “We believe that many businesses remain unprotected and we want to highlight how straightforward it can be to prevent a financial shock that could lead to business failure.

“This approach can easily be extended to consider protecting employees and their families from the financial devastation that can result from the death, illness or disability of a breadwinner. Sadly, this is something that smaller businesses might overlook until something dreadful happens to an employee, and they can then face some difficult decisions about whether and how to help their employee and/or their family.”

The guide is also supported by the Association of British Insurers and the Chartered Insurance Institute.

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