Covid-19 related claims: A practical guide for employees
Employers’ Liability overview
The responsibility of the employer
Employers are responsible for the health and safetyof their employees while they’re at work.
If a current or former employee was injured or became ill at work, they may believe their employer is responsible and make a claim.
The rules around insurance
The Employers’ Liability(Compulsory Insurance) Act 1969* requires that employers have at least a minimum level of insurance cover against any such claims. Employers’ Liability insurance will enable employers to meet the cost of compensation for employees’ injuries or illnesses whether they are caused on- or off-site.
What the insurer does
They must pay the full amount of any compensation agreed with the claimant or awarded to them by a court. They can’t impose conditions which make the employer or the claimant pay part of it.
A finance company recruits a new graduate to work in their administration department.
The employee shares a flat with three housemates, who each have their own bedroom and share the kitchen and living room.
Training for the new employee is carried out over video calls with additional reading material provided. However, they struggle to follow the training and spend additional time in the evening reading the material again to catch up – meaning that they are now worrying about their work, not sleeping properly, and spending 22 hours a day in their bedroom.
After six months, the employee raises the issue with their manager, but they take no action to assist them. After a further three months, the employee is signed off with work-related stress. Eventually, they resign and submit a work-related stress claim.
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