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Statutory liability insurance protects you, your business and your employees, including directors, trustees and managers, against certain unintentional breaches of New Zealand law resulting in prosecution.
Statutory liability policy provides access to specialist legal assistance and expert advice if you or your business is being prosecuted for breaching an Act.
Any company, business or organisation operating in New Zealand needs statutory liability cover.
Statutory liability insurance covers the organisation, any owner, director, officer, trustee manager or secretary, for fines and penalties and the cost to defend prosecutions.
It can cover prosecutions under many laws, including:
It can also cover:
The policy does not cover:
Our brokers can advise you on the best liability solutions to protect you against unintentional breaches of the New Zealand law. They will work with you to create a tailored, cost-effective insurance liability package that safeguards your business. In the event of a claim arising, we'll work with you to get a fair resolution.
While cleaning out a boiler an employee’s leg was caught in a conveyor and had to be amputated below the knee. WorkSafe investigated the accident and prosecuted the company under the Health & Safety at Work Act.
There were mitigating factors and through the company’s Statutory Liability policy they secured access to specialist lawyers who built a strong defence case.
The court awarded a small fine of $5,000 (not insurable) and ordered reparations of $50,000. The company’s statutory liability policy was able to pay both legal defence costs and the reparations.
A local bus operator had a diesel fuel facility in its yard. The tank was owned by the fuel supplier but the bus operator was responsible for its upkeep. The fenced and gated yard was broken into at night and an unsecured valve on the tank was maliciously opened and fuel was able to run into the bund area surrounding the tank. Unfortunately, the drain hole in the bund had been left open the previous day and 8,000 litres of fuel ran into a nearby stream.
A massive clean-up operation was undertaken. However, the local council brought an action against the bus operator and its supplier under the Resource Management Act.
The bus operator was convicted and fined with substantial defence costs however these were coverable by their policy .
Public and product liability insurance minimises the financial impact on a business should the unexpected happen
Product liability insurance protects against claims of personal injury or property damage caused by a business
Directors and officers insurance protects your executives and board from personal financial risk
Statutory liability insurance can protect businesses against certain unintentional breaches of New Zealand law
An employers liability policy protects employers against claims brought by their employees who have sustained an injury where the ACC does not provide cover
Employment disputes insurance protects employers against personal grievance claims brought by past or present employees
Crime and fidelity insurance protect organisations from losses which could arise from dishonest or fraudulent acts committed by employees
Professional indemnity insurance is designed for professionals who provide advice
Trustees liability insurance protects trustees from personal liability while carrying out duties performed for the trust