However, a number of people have been unable to trace their employers' liability
insurance policy and make a claim.
And having employers' liability
insurance does not exempt them from taking precautions to protect the health and safety of their workers.
Rachel Cotton, MORE TH>N business manager, said: "It is clear from our research that businesses are not deliberately choosing to flout the law or forfeit cover, but that there is a general lack of understanding around the employers' liability
Small companies account for around 30pc of the employers' liability
insurance market in terms of premiums and around 70pc in terms of number, however, it is not cost effective for insurers to assess the health and safety practices followed by individual small employers.
This is not a workers' comp law but rather a liability act that permits employers' liability
The Department of Work and Pensions has announced that an Employers' Liability
Insurance Bureau (ELIB) and dedicated certificate tracing office will be set up in a bid to protect employees injured in the workplace.
From April next year, it will be compulsory for firms purchasing Employers' Liability
Insurance to supply their Employer Reference Number (ERN).
By law all employers have a duty to have employers' liability
insurance for their staff and they also have to have the up-to-date certificate on display in a place where you can see it.
An ELIB would plug the black holes in records of employers' liability
insurance, into which an estimated 5% to 10% of asbestos-related disease claims currently fall.
Of particular concern is the revelation that 40 per cent of small businesses in the West Midlands - 10 per cent higher than the national average - could face legal action as they were unaware that temporary workers and sub-contractors must be covered under statutory Employers' Liability
More than 50,000 sole-traders are employing seasonal and part-time staff without adequate Employers' Liability
(EL) cover and could be fined, according to a new report.
John Parker, Head of General Insurance for the Association of British Insurers, said, ``We estimate that these proposals will increase employers' liability
insurance premiums by around 7pc.