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It’s important to trust your employees, but equally as important to be prepared for the day that one may let you down.

Employee fraud is big business, and getting bigger all the time. Between April and September 2016, 143 frauds took place in Australia, with a total value of $442 million, according to KPMG’s fraud barometer.

The most common perpetrators are ‘business insiders’, with employees and management accounting for more than half of all reported frauds. Some 22% of frauds were facilitated through the use of technology.

Detection is taking too long – 40% of frauds in Australia take place over a five-year period before being discovered – and if you think it’s just the big firms at risk and SMEs are immune, think again!

For many small and mid-sized businesses (SMEs), the vulnerability to fraud can be compounded due to their often informal nature and the fact that fewer staff members can result in less oversight – and a lack of checks and balances. The impact, however, can be devastating with KPMG reporting the average value of each fraud at $3.1 million.

The good news, however – an insurance solution is available to give you peace of mind should the worst happen. Crime cover, an option available as part of many Management Liability Insurance policies reimburses the insured for a loss directly resulting from dishonest acts of their employees. This solution covers direct financial loss, not a consequential one, in other words, the loss should be of money or goods of the insured.

Purchasing Management Liability Insurance is imperative for business owners, however, it is equally important to ensure systems and processes are in place to reduce the likelihood of fraudulent activity occurring in the first instance.

When the future of your business is at stake, it pays to put aside emotions and think practically.
You should always consult your local Adroit broker for advice on the range of policies available to suit you and your business needs.

Get in touch with your broker today and stay ahead of fraudsters!

Avoiding legal landmines with Directors’ & Officers’ cover

Lawsuits against big corporations tend to capture the spotlight, but executives at smaller businesses shouldn’t be complacent about the potential legal landmines they may face.

In such a litigious environment, and with regulators focusing more and more on corporate culture, there are many areas where directors and managers may find themselves exposed if they haven’t taken steps to lock in protection.

Research says directors’ and officers’ insurance policies are often overlooked at the smaller end of the market, particularly among micro-enterprises.

Many SME (Small and Medium-sized Enterprises) decision-makers often lack knowledge about where and how easily management liability might arise and also about the nature of the Directors & Officers’ Liability (also known as D&O) product and what it covers.

Nowadays, SMEs can easily become the target of legal actions, with customers, suppliers and employees just as aware of their rights whether the business is large or small. Australian regulators are also increasingly active across the financial services spectrum.

Often, company directors and managers believe their individual risks are being covered by other parts of the business’s insurance package, however, that is all too often not the case.

Professional indemnity VS Management liability

Professional indemnity insurance, for example, covers activities of a business, whereas management liability policies, which include directors’ and officers’ cover, provide protection where third parties claim for losses due to mismanagement.

The directors and managers of an SME can individually face claims for actions alleging fraud or other breaches, engaging in unfair competition, defamation and accusations of other illegal conduct, however, a typical D&O policy will cover these representation costs, such as when a person must attend an inquiry, legal expenses in defending a claim and compensation paid to resolve an issue.

SMEs often put a strong focus on making sure insurance policies are in place for property, fire and business interruption, however, directors’ and officers’ cover is also a vital area to address.

If you’re a manager or director of a company, review your options with your risk adviser today.

Make a date to stay up-to-date

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It’s no surprise how quickly life can change – the only thing you can be sure of is that occasionally, the unexpected will happen. Whether it’s in your business or your personal life, there’s always something new just around the corner.

With this in mind, it’s important all your insurance needs are being met. Just like an outdated fashion trend, an insurance policy you purchased but have never reviewed is unlikely to still be a good fit. A “set and forget” approach is one that can lead to unpleasant surprises down the track, but thankfully can be easily prevented by regularly reviewing your level of coverage as your circumstances change.

Getting married, having children, a promotion at work, major purchases or downsizing – these are all major life events that mean your insurance needs will change accordingly.

Don’t forget your business insurance either – just as personal circumstances change, businesses change over time too. You might be offering different products or services, your team may grow or shrink, and new opportunities can see your business evolve in directions you never expected. That’s why it’s so important to keep your insurance policies current and relevant to your business activities.

Just like a regular check-up with your doctor is essential for your personal health, a periodic check-up with your insurance broker is absolutely necessary to ensure you have the best level of coverage for your circumstances.

Adroit’s personalised approach ensures you have everything you need (and nothing you don’t) giving you peace of mind that in the event of the unexpected, you’re fully covered.

You should always consult your qualified insurance broker for advice on the best policies available to suit your needs.

Why do engineers need comprehensive insurance cover?

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Due to the nature of work many engineers carry out, they have a crucial duty of care to a wide network of people – including clients, contractors, additional consultants and members of the general public.

As well as covering the physical risks associated with projects involving construction or architectural work, a tailored insurance solution can protect engineers who are also required to offer advice and direction.

Without an adequate level of cover, an engineer can be susceptible to some very serious risks and liabilities, take Anthony for example;

Anthony, a structural building engineer was hired to conduct the final inspection of a building after the completion of a large renovation. Upon inspection, Anthony found several minor items to address which he included in his final report. He had also noticed that the floor beams of the structure were sagging slightly, however, given that this was an older building with wooden beams, Anthony didn’t feel that it compromised the structure and did not include this in his report. Two weeks after the inspection, the building collapsed inward due to a weakening of the interior floor beams. The damage caused to the structure was beyond repair and there was also some damage to the neighbouring building. Anthony was named in a lawsuit and accused of improper a negligent inspection, being held partly liable for the replacement cost of the structure, the damage to the neighbouring building and associated legal costs. All of which would be paid by the insurer (with the exception of the engineer’s deductible), had he been covered.

Don’t be caught in the trap of underinsurance. Professional indemnity insurance covers engineers for the advice and direction they are required to give, whilst public liability insurance covers engineers should they be liable for any third party injury or property damage while they are on-site.

In such a diverse profession including industries such as chemical, forensic, landscaping electrical and civil – it’s important to have a clear and thorough understanding of the specific type of insurance solution required.

Calculating the correct amount of cover for your engineering business can be a tedious and complex process, and trying to do it on your own can be a recipe for disaster. Talk to an Adroit Insurance broker about customising a peace of mind insurance policy to fit your exact needs today!

Don’t Be Wrong-footed By HR Slip-ups

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HR slip-ups are costly. No matter how stringent the HR processes you can never completely avoid the risk of claims against your company by employees.

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