D&O Insurance for Businesses
Directors and Officers Liability insurance, which is also known and Professional Liability Insurance or Management Liability Insurance, is a corporate policy that helps private, public, and non-profit operations protect their directors and officers against legal actions taken against them for their professional work.
In addition to protecting the directors and officers themselves, the policy also covers the company for their legal fees, settlements and other associated costs. D&O insurance is a requirement to attract the top talent to sit on your company board and or non-profit organization.
Who Needs the Product?
Traditionally, D&O insurance is thought to be a type of insurance available only to large Public corporations. Although this is true, the coverage is still extremely valuable to any business if you have a corporate board or advisory committee. D&O insurance is valuable to you if you’re one of the following:
- Public Corporation
- Private Corporations
- Non-Profit Corporation
What Are the Main Coverages Offered Under a D&O Policy?
Side A – Directors and Officers Liability
This section of a D&O policy provides personal coverage for directors and officers that the corporation is not legally obligated to indemnify for. It is in place to protect a director or officer’s personal assets.
Side B – Corporate Reimbursement Coverage
Contrary to Side A, Side B covers director’s and officer’s expenses that the corporation is legally obligated to indemnify against.
Side C – Entity Coverage
Entity Coverage is the portion of the D&O policy that protects publicly listed companies from securities claims against the entity itself, which can often end up being class action lawsuits.
Employment Practices Liability
Coverage for employers against claims made by employees for things such as: wrongful dismissal, failure to promote or other employment related disputes.
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Pricing for D&O insurance can vary drastically as there are many factors that are taken into account when pricing out Directors and Officer’s insurance. The main factors that are taken into consideration for pricing D&O are as follows:
- Type of Organization
- Experience of the Board and Directors
- Company Financial Statements
- Size of the Operation based on Revenue
- Amount of Employees
- Previous Claims History
- Organizational outlook
Typically, D&O insurance policies start at a minimum premium of $1,000 annually and based on the responses to the areas in question above it may go up from there.
The process to obtain a quote for D&O insurance begins with completing an application in detail about the entity you are looking to insure. The main areas that insurance companies are looking to review are as follows:
- Company financial statements
- Business plan of the operations
- Resumes of the Board members
- Previous claims experience
Once the completed application is returned to FCA, we can begin the process of marketing the policy for quoting through our D&O insurance partners.
Directors and Officers insurance is designed to specifically protect the personal assets of directors and officers. Many consider it that last line of defense to protect their personal assets. An example of this is, if a company goes insolvent and no longer has funds to fulfill it’s obligations to defend its directors and officers, then Side A coverage would kick in to cover their defense costs and any claims settlements up to the limit on the policy.
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