Employers’ Liability Insurance for PA Employers
What is Employers’ Liability Insurance?
Employers’ liability insurance covers the cost of compensating employees who are injured at work or become ill through their work. If you are a PA employer, this would include people you employ as your Personal Assistant.
If I employ a PA do I need to have Employers’ Liability Insurance?
If you are an employer of a Personal Assistant you are legally obliged to have employers’ liability insurance. You can be fined up to £2,500 for every day you do not have appropriate insurance.
Employers’ liability insurance usually covers:
- the cost of compensation
- any associated legal fees.
However, you need to check to see exactly what any policy covers.
Buying employers’ liability insurance
You can buy employers’ liability insurance directly from an insurer or from a specialist broker through the British Insurance Brokers’ Association (BIBA) (see the resource at the end).
There are often different levels of insurance cover available. A typical insurance policy will cost anywhere between £59 a year to £95 a year. However, there is a lot of variation in what is covered by different policies and this will affect the final cost of the insurance. You are obliged to have cover for compensation of at least £5 million, but most policies offer cover for at least £10 million.
A typical policy might provide cover for:
- Employer Liability
- Public liability
- Legal expenses
- Personal accidents
- Redundancy cover
- Financial loss
If you want to discuss what level of Insurance might be right for you, you can contact your local Independent SDS Information and Support Service, or local payroll provider. You can find their details by doing a Search in the Find Help tool in this Handbook.
Some businesses and PA Employers are not required to have employers’ liability insurance, including:
- PA employers with no employees
- PA employers where the people employed are only family members.
To check if your business is exempt from employers liability insurance see the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) website (see resource below).
What insurance does my PA need if they’re self-employed?
If your PA is self-employed (they pay their own tax and national insurance) and if you are contracting with them for their support, you do not need to have Employers’ Liability Insurance. However, you may still wish to be covered for Public Liability. Public Liability Insurance provides cover against accidental injury and property damage claims.
The cost of Insurance for self-employed PAs can also vary, depending on the level of cover needed. Costs can range between £75 – £115 a year with a policy typically providing cover for:
- Public Liability
- Personal Accident
- Personal Possessions
- Legal Expenses
If a PA Employee claims for injury or illness
If you are a Personal Assistant and have suffered an injury at work or become ill as a result of your job, you should speak to your employer first. They will contact their insurer to ask about making a claim.
What happens if I need to make a claim and my employer stops being a PA employer?
It is possible that your Employer has stopped employing people to provide the support they need, because:
- they have changed their SDS Option and no longer receive a direct payment under Option 1
- are planning or have moved into residential care
- are no longer eligible for funding from their Local Authority.
If this is the case, you may still be able to make a claim for compensation directly through your ex-employer’s insurer. You can trace your former employer’s insurance provider through the Employers’ Liability Tracing Office (ELTO) (see resource below).
Find more information by looking at the resources below.