Although you have insured the business property on your premises, this protection does not extend off site - unless you carry Inland Marine insurance.
This type of policy goes back as far as the 17th century when Lloyd's of London extended coverage on ship cargos beyond ocean voyages to their final destination "inland." Today, Inland Marine covers the property of a business when it's in transit - or stored at a location away from the premises - as well as the property of third parties that's held on the premises. Because this property is essentially "floating," these policies are also known as Floaters.
Inland Marine coverage would apply in such scenarios as:
You can buy Inland Marine insurance on either a "named peril" basis (which lists the specific risks covered) or as an "all risk" policy (which covers losses from all causes not specifically listed).
This coverage can provide valuable protection for the mobile or moveable property of almost any business, large or small: everything from camera shops and computer manufacturers through building contractors and jewelry stores to museums/art galleries and trucking companies.
As Business Insurance professionals, we can tailor a comprehensive Inland Marine policy to the needs of your company. Feel free to get in touch with us at any time.
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If you provide goods and services to the public, check out the ADA Guide for Small Businesses, a 15-page illustrated guide that presents an overview of some basic requirements for small businesses. It provides guidance on how to make these services accessible and use tax credits and deductions to offset specific costs. You can access the guide at ADA Guide for Small Businesses (HTML) or ADA Guide for Small Businesses (PDF). Spanish, Cambodian, Chinese, Hmong, Japanese, Korean, Laotian, Tagalog and Vietnamese editions are available from the ADA Information Line: (800) 514 -0301 (voice) or (800) 514-0383 (TTY).
Reading up on the ADA can help you avoid costly lawsuits. Get smart on the law -- and call us to make sure you have the coverage you need to protect your business against this risk.
We're no longer living in a Monday-Friday, 9-to-5 business world. Millions of workers rely on smart phones, laptops, and tablets for company business outside the office, posing a challenge to traditional definitions of work-related claims. Some 35 million Americans are working from homes, cars, airports, subways, the local wireless cafe -- even at the beach during vacations! One survey found that nearly three in five respondents (59%) check their office e-mail when on vacation, while 79% pack their laptop along with their swimsuit or skis.
A combination of factors are contributing to the explosive growth of this "cyberworkalohic" behavior: Job insecurity in today's uncertain economy, pressure (real or perceived) from peers or managers, the demands of working in today's global, 24-7 business environment -- and the blurring of distinctions between office and home environments among younger, tech-savvy workers.
Consider these scenarios:
What happens if these workers file Workers Comp claims for job-related injuries? That depends. The growth in employees' work-related use of mobile devices away from the job is so recent that courts haven't yet ruled on whether such claims are compensable.
To reduce exposing your business to this increasingly widespread risk -- which could drive up your Comp premiums -- it makes sense to set and enforce clear and comprehensive rules for using mobile devices on company business outside the work environment. The goal of this "best practice" approach is to create a corporate culture that maintains a balance between increasing productivity and keeping your workers as safe, and injury free, as possible -- on and off the job.
For advice on designing guidelines for employee use of mobile devices, just get in touch with us.
For example, coverage usually excludes lost income associated with a contract. If the covered loss affects your ability to meet a contract with a third party, the resulting lost income won't be covered beyond the "period of restoration." This period usually begins 72 hours after the loss and ends as soon as your property is restored and/or operational.
Let's say that you sign a contract with customer ABC to supply materials for a year. A month later, your business suffers a major loss to property, including the materials that ABC agreed to buy from you. Because you'll now be unable to offer these materials for an indefinite term, ABC has no choice but to find the materials elsewhere. Your property is repaired and operational five months later, ending the
"period of restoration." However, because of the exclusion, your policy won't cover the remaining six months of lost income from losing the contract.
Review your Business Income policy today to learn its period of restoration. There might be an endorsement available to extend the amount of time that your policy will provide coverage. We can help you determine the period that's right for you. Just give us a call.