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Employee Insurance

Protect your people from the financial impact of sickness, critical illness and death.

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You might have insured your business against fire, theft and damage, but what about your most important assets: your people?

What is employee insurance?

As the name suggests it’s when a company pays to protect its people from the financial impact of sickness, critical illness and death.

If you’re an employer, or represent one, you’ll immediately see the benefits for employees and their loved ones: it’s peace-of-mind. If something terrible happens they’ll be OK financially.

But this is for employers, too. There’s tax relief available when you protect your people, and there’s extra value in areas like recruitment, retention, performance and loyalty when you boost your benefits package and show your team you care.

Business insurance is open to most …

  • Limited companies
  • Partnerships
  • Limited Liability Partnerships (LLP)

Protect your employees

Employees insurance includes the following products

  • Group life insurance
  • Group income protection
  • Group critical illness insurance
  • Employee benefits
  • Key person insurance

Scroll down for more detail on each product and what it is.

To know if/ how employee insurance can work for your company, speak with a LifeSearch expert.

Types of insurance available for employees

Group life insurance

This is when a business offers death-in-service benefits to its employees. If the worst should happen to an employee, this can pay out a multiple of their salary on death, helping to alleviate the financial burden for loved ones left behind.

Group critical illness insurance

Group critical illness insurance pays a lump sum to an employee if ever they’re diagnosed with a life-changing illness and they survive the stated survival period of the plan (usually around 14 days). The diagnosed illness must meet the definition of the plan and be of a specified severity as listed in the policy terms and conditions. The critical illness's covered in the policy details and the survival period will depend on the chosen provider.

Some policies also offer critical illness cover for employees’ children and/ or Civil Partner’s at no extra charge. Premiums are met by the employer but it’s the employee who receives any claims payments.

Group income protection

Group income protection pays out a high proportion of an employee’s earnings if they’re ever forced off work due to illness or injury. Typically, 50 - 70% (sometimes more) of the employee’s regular income is paid every month for the duration of absence, the end of the policy term or retirement. Whichever comes first.

Key person insurance

If your company relies on the skill, leadership, reputation or client-book of a key person or people, the P&L sheet will feel it if that person’s not around.

Key person insurance pays funds to ensure continuity if you’re down a key performer. The funds can cover recruitment, training and overtime and can even reimburse the value of any lost contracts / profits that result from a key person’s absence.

Employee benefits

Some of the above protections fall under the umbrella term ‘employee benefits’, meaning they are key parts of any employment package.

Business insurance is a comprehensive addition to any perks package. It’s a real boon in staff engagement, retention and even recruiting in a competitive market – where employee wellbeing is high on the agenda – a company can set itself apart via the generous protections it offers its people.

Additional support

Many of the insurers we work with at LifeSearch supplement their protection with extra support services, boosting the value and range of the overall benefits package a company can offer.

These support services can include informative resources, mobile apps, virtual GP appointments, nursing services, rehab and physiotherapy sessions as well as a number of different therapies.

Often, these add-ons are available not just to colleagues but to their families too; meaning the employer’s duty-of-care can extend far and wide, comprehensively around the lives of its people.

Tax relief

Some of the policies on offer are allowable business expenses, so there’s tax relief when paid for through the company.

Tell a LifeSearch business insurance expert a little about your company and your needs and we’ll show you those tax savings as real pounds and pence.

How much does business insurance cost?

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LifeSearch From our Adviser Team

The costs of business insurance are very finely tuned to the needs of your business and its employees. The kind(s) of cover you want, the number of employees you wish to protect and the age and health situations of those employees will all have a bearing on the cover options that make most sense, and the price.

The best way to short-cut through any guesstimates on costs is to speak with a LifeSearch business insurance expert.

Tell us what you want, we’ll search the market. We advise but the decision is yours.

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