Liability Insurance for over 600 trades

Yutree are able to consider liability insurance for most trades on our BIBA scheme. October has been a busy month with lots of activity generated by our change of capacity provider and widened underwriting appetite.

To give you a flavour, this month, we have written liability policies for the following trades:

  • Domestic cleaning service provider
  • Marine electrical engineer
  • Mobile crane hirer
  • Piling contractors
  • Calligraphy society
  • Injection moulding
  • Handyman
  • Roofing contractor
  • Landowners
  • Haulage contractors
  • Retailer of beauty products
  • Plumbers
  • Freelance promoter for musicians
  • Personal trainer
  • Civil engineers
  • Swimming pool operator
  • Rigging contractor
  • Car park operator
  • Asbestos surveyor
  • Demolition contractor
  • Manufacturer of sports equipment
  • Groundworkers
  • Plant hirers
  • Game shoot
  • Event logistics manager
  • On-line retailers of home brewing product

Why use Yutree?

  • Fast quote turnaround
  • £150 minimum premiums
  • Exclusive quotes
  • No policy or admin fees
  • ‘A’rated security
  • Competitive premiums
  • Flexible underwriting

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If you would like a quote or to discuss any aspect of trading with Yutree, please call Laura High or one of the team on 01638 675992 or e-mail Laura at laura.high@yutree.com

Employers Liability for volunteers, students, sub-contractors, one-man bands – When is it required?

As liability specialists we are often asked to explain when Employers Liability Cover is required under the Employers Liability (Compulsory Insurance) Act 1969 (‘the Act’). It is the nuances of the rules which clients can misunderstand. Here we provide some clarity around those grey areas to assist you in your discussions with your clients.

Employers Liability Insurance covers a company for liability for damages in respect of bodily injury, death or disease caused to employees arising out of and in the course of their employment by the insured. All Employers Liability policies are required by law to carry a minimum limit of indemnity of £5m for any one claim. It is industry standard for cover to be issued with a £10m limit – work carried out offshore &/or with asbestos is an exception to this and is normally limited to £5m. Your client is responsible for the health and safety of their employees while they are at work. The Health and Safety Executive is the enforcement authority for Employers Liability insurance compliance. Your client’s business may be fined up to £2,500 for any day they trade without suitable insurance.

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What is the definition of an employee?

Whether or not your client needs Employers Liability insurance depends on the terms of their employment contract. This can be spoken, written or implied. It is the nature of the relationship with the people who work for them and the degree of control that they have over the work that they do which defines how they should be treated for insurance purposes.

One area which is commonly misunderstood by clients is around insuring sub-contractors. Your client will employ sub-contractors on one of two bases:

Labour only Sub-Contractors (LOSC) – LOSCs work under your clients’ supervision and direction. Your client will supply materials and tools. The LOSC is paid wages by the main contractor and is classed as an employee for whom your client should buy Employers Liability insurance

Bona Fide Sub-Contractors (BFSC) – BFSC work under their own supervision and direction. They will provide their own materials and tools. They are generally employed to carry out a specialist/particular type of work within a job (i.e. scaffolding/plumbing etc). The BFSC should have their own liability insurance in place and it is important that your client always checks this for their own protection. If the BFSC’s insurance fails, your client is required to provide contingent cover. If there is an accident and a BFSC is injured and their own employers liability cover fails, your client could be responsible for a claim under their public liability section. Your client does not need to buy Employer’s Liability insurance for BFSC.

So does my client really need the cover?

Your client must have Employers Liability insurance if they have employees unless they are exempt. The following employers are exempt:

  • Most public organisations including government departments and agencies, local authorities, policy authorities and nationalised industries;
  • Health service bodies, including National Health Service trusts, health authorities, primary care trusts and Scottish health boards;
  • Some other organisations which are financed through public funds, such as passenger transport executives and magistrates’ courts committees.

Your client is obliged to insure Employers Liability where:

  • They deduct NI and income tax from the money they pay employees;
  • They have the right to control where and when their employees work and how they do it;
  • They supply their employees work materials and equipment;
  • They have a right to the profit their workers make;
  • They require that person only to deliver the service and they cannot employ a substitute if they are unable to do the work;
  • Their employees are treated in the same way as other employees, for example, they do the same work under the same conditions as someone else they employ;
  • Their employees work for them on an unpaid basis whether they are students, volunteers, interns or other helpers;
  • Their employees are students, on a work experience programme, or taking part in a training programme

Your client may not need employers’ liability insurance where:

  • Their employees do not work exclusively for them (for example, if they operate as an independent contractor);
  • Their employees supply most of the equipment and materials they need to do the job;
  • Their employees are clearly in business for their own personal benefit;
  • Their employees can employ a substitute when they are unable to do the work themselves;
  • Their employees are all close family members (this exemption only applies if the company is not incorporated as Ltd company)
  • They do not deduct income tax or national insurance. However, even if someone is self-employed for tax purposes they may be classed as an employee for other reasons and your client may still need employers’ liability insurance to cover them
  • The company employs only their owner where that employee also owns 50% or more of the issued share capital in the company

If you have any questions, please contact me on 01638 675992 or laura.high@yutree.com or speak to one of our team here at Yutree.

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Liability by Yutree – For BIBA members

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Since its launch in September, Liability by Yutree has proved to be a popular addition to the existing BIBA schemes. It would appear that lots of brokers have ‘one of those’ liability enquiries on their desks.

We are looking to help you with quirky and unconventional liability risks (as well as the normal ones!) We add value on risks which don’t fit an electronic solution and need an underwriter to understand the exposures and to rate them accordingly.

Our minimum premium is £150+ipt and there is no upper limit on turnover.

The following is a list of some of the trades that we have underwritten liability cover for since we launched this product. This gives you a good idea of the breadth of appetite that we have for liability business:

  • Dance class
  • Social networking facilitator and app designer
  • Beekeepers association
  • Funeral director
  • Seller of coconut oil products
  • Health food retailer
  • Provider of Bubble Soccer facility
  • Land owner
  • Distributors of beauty and skincare products
  • Calligraphy society
  • Property owner using site for car boot sales
  • Rental of storage containers
  • Wholesaler of vacuum pumps
  • Cafe and bike hire
  • Chocolate manufacturer
  • Banner manufacturer
  • Window and door manufacture
  • Pipe lagging
  • Provision of celebrants
  • Livestock keeper

If you have a risk that you would like us to consider or if you would like to talk about trading with Yutree then please do give me a call on 01638 675992/07712427988 or e-mail me on laura.high@yutree.com.

I look forward to hearing from you

Laura High

 

Awards and new staff for Yutree

As the dust settles following the excitement of Yutree’s double award scoop on Friday night at the Newmarket & District Chamber of Commerce business awards, we are delighted to start the week welcoming a new member of staff to our growing underwriting team. Contact details are below for your information.

Yutree were delighted to win the Small to Medium Business Award and Creativity in Business Award on Friday. We are hugely grateful to all of our staff, brokers and customers for making Yutree what it is today. At 3 years old, Yutree is very proud of what it has achieved and we are delighted to be recognised locally with these awards. We look forward to many more years of trading ahead.

Receiving the award - Jun 2015
(From left to right) Leigh Smart/the nice lady presenting our award/Laura High/Simon Miller & Kevin Hancock

 

Awards - June 2015
The proof!

 

 “Yutree is obviously a well-rounded business, with a clear vision, growing revenue and profits & extensive knowledge of its sector.  For a relatively new business it is already performing extremely well in a crowded marketplace” – Judges’ comments at the Newmarket & District Chamber of Commerce business awards, 5th June 2015

And today we welcome Sara Culling to our underwriting team. Sara joins us from Saffron Insurance Brokers and she will be working within our underwriting business on our brokers’ new and existing policies so, you will be hearing from her once she is up and running.

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The very ‘willing’ impromptu photo shoot participants! – (From left to right) Danielle Rairigh/Liberty Anderson and Sara Culling

 

Updated contact details for our underwriting team are as follows:

Laura High: T: 01638 675992 M: 07712 427988 E: laura.high@yutree.com

Danielle Rairigh: T: 01638 675995 E: danielle.rairigh@yutree.com

Liberty Anderson: T: 01638 675996 E: liberty.anderson@yutree.com

Sara Culling: T: 01638 675998 E: sara.culling@yutree.com

Thank you, as always, for your continued support.

Kind regards

Laura