Most companies typically have employment practices insurance coverage in place in order to be prepared for just about any possible employee-related lawsuit brought on by their workers. However, small or newer businesses are most vulnerable to employment claims of discrimination or harassment. That’s often due to the fact that they lack a strong legal department or fail to distribute an employee handbook detailing the policies and procedures that guide hiring, disciplining or terminating employees.
To better protect your organization you need to have a dedicated human resources (HR) department along with formal training to deal with the myriad of laws, rules and regulations that exist to protect employee rights.
A disgruntled worker can end up putting your entire business at risk by asserting claims against you, a manager or even a co-worker, whether the claim is valid or not. The cost to defend these types of allegations can put your company out of business, and you’ll also be forced to pay any judgment costs if you lose, which is why obtaining staffing agency insurance is so critical.
Employee practices liability insurance is essential
Employment Practices Liability Insurance (EPLI) helps to mitigate your risks, covering your company for a number of claims that could result in litigation. This policy will assist in any costs related to everything from wrongful termination to sexual harassment, as well as discrimination and workplace torts. You could wind up the target of legal action from past employees, as well as present, and prospective employees. Employees win a large percentage of these cases, and defense costs can be rather costly.
Because of the high turnover of candidates, a staffing agency is often the target of frivolous lawsuits. You need to address any HR issues that can prompt suits and charges related to EPLI issues. There’s no guarantee that a disgruntled employee, recently let go, won’t file a lawsuit claiming they were the victim of harassment or discrimination. Having certified HR professionals who will help to guide you through employee relations and other compliance issues can greatly reduce your risks. This is still no substitute for staffing agency insurance that addresses these concerns.