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What is Association Liability Insurance?

Association Liability insurance is a specialised product customised for not-for-profit organisations and professional associations. It is made up of several coverage sections designed to meet the needs of associations – the two key coverages being Directors & Officers and Professional Indemnity, but includes several other coverage sections into a single package.

Why does a Not-for-Profit or Professional Association need this cover?

1. Protection for directors / members from mismanagement of the association and related occurrences (Directors & Officer Insurance).

2. Protection for the association from Crime/Fidelity, Statutory fines & penalties, Employment Practices Liability, etc.

3. Protection for the association from the provision of advice. This could come from advice given at seminars or through newsletters, websites, workshops, etc. (Professional Indemnity).

4. Provides defence costs for the Directors & Officers and Association when a wrongful act or allegations of a wrongful act have occurred.

5. Protection for the association from the breach of professional services, which can include the handling of memberships, creating and managing curriculums, setting policies and guidelines, etc. (Professional Indemnity).

6. Recruitment of key people: possible directors, board members and others may request there be a Directors Insurance policy in place before they come aboard to ensure their personal assets are protected.

What does Association Liability insurance cover?

Directors & Officers / Office Bearers Liability

This section provides cover for wrongful acts committed by the principals, partners, trustees, directors and officers of the association from possible lawsuits arising out of any error, misstatement, omission, neglect, negligence, breach of duty, breach of confidentiality, and mismanagement. This is similar to the liability cover provided by Management Liability and Directors & Officers policies.

Association Reimbursement

This section provides cover for the same claims scenarios as Section 1 (D&O) but is only triggered when the association has had to indemnify (pay) the insured individuals. It is reimbursing the association for these costs, whereas section one is directly covering the insured persons directly.

Professional Indemnity

This section provides cover the association from a breach of professional duty resulting in a financial loss. This includes cover for the handling of memberships, creating and managing curriculums, setting policies and guidelines, etc. as well as the provision of advice at seminars, or through newsletters, websites, workshops, etc.

Association Liability Cover

This section provides cover for a wrongful act committed by the association which has resulted in a legal action where the association is named in the lawsuit.

Crime / Fidelity Protection

This section provides cover for a range of crime related occurrences when there has been a direct financial loss. This can include employee fraud or dishonesty, third party crime, electronic and computer crime, etc.

Employment Practices Liability (EPL)

This section covers the association from alleged Employment Practices breaches, such as: harassment, discrimination, bullying, wrongful/unfair dismissal, etc.

Statutory Liability / Fines & Penalties

This section provides cover for fines and penalties incurred by the association when there has been an alleged statutory breach, such as: OH&S, employment practices laws, workers compensation laws, industry specific rules & regulations, etc.

—— Please note that each insurers product and policy wording can vary. Please consult your broker for the most suitable option. ——

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Exclusions

Personal Conduct Exclusion

This is a standard exclusion that excludes dishonest or fraudulent acts committed by an insured. However, most policies defend the insured until final non-appealable adjudication and policies typically include clauses which state conduct by one insured shall not be imputed to other insureds.

Insolvency Exclusion

This exclusion removes any coverage if a claim arises out of insolvency. It can potentially be removed if the association can show they are in a good financial position and can cashflow the company for 12-18+ months.

Bodily Injury / Property Damage

The policy will not respond to a Bodily Injury & Property Damage claim, as this exposure is typically covered by a Public Liability policy. This exclusion usually has a write back (gives coverage back) for Defence Costs & Legal Costs, Employment Related Wrongful Acts and Security Claims.

Retroactive Date Exclusion

This excludes any wrongful act committed or alleged to have been committed prior to the inception of the policy.  This is a way for insurers to exclude past acts and make the policy only forward looking.

Insured Versus Insured

There are many variations to this exclusion, but the main purpose is to not cover a dispute between insureds. I.e. a director or employee vs. the organisation.

Prior & Pending Exclusion

This exclusion states that the policy will not cover any pending or prior litigation involving the Company that has begun before the Prior & Pending date of the policy.

——This list is not exhaustive and there may be additional policy exclusions applicable to your policy. Please consult your broker or insurance advisor for the exclusions applicable to your policy ——

Landmines

Association Liability insurance is a complex product and should be structured accordingly. Full disclosure and monitoring throughout the year is important to ensure coverage will respond in a claim. Here are some areas to watch out for when managing an Association Liability policy:

Disclosure

In basic terms, an insured must disclose any matter they know to be relevant to the insurer’s decision to accept the risk.  Continuous disclosure is also very important: If there is any material change to the association/organisation during the policy period, these must be notified to the insurer.

Claims Made Policy

Timing is extremely important, especially when it comes to reporting claims as these policies are written on a Claims Made policy form. This means that in order to trigger a claim, the demand/claim must be reported, and indemnity granted during the period of insurance.  So, if a policy is lapsed and a claim is reported after the policy period, the claim could be denied.

Confusing Terminology

Association Liability is a broad term that can be confused with other insurance coverages. For example, Association Liability is not “Public Liability” and does not include “Workers Compensation” or “Voluntary Workers” insurance. There are several insurance policies that also need to be considered when reviewing an Association’s overall insurance program; this should be reviewed with your broker/insurance advisor.

Exclusions

It is crucial to understand your policy’s exclusions, what they mean and how they would apply to your specific association/organisation.

Claims

1. Members can be a common source for claims, alleging breach of duties by the board of directors.

2. Regulatory authorities can conduct investigations and initiate claims against directors and officers for breaches for OH&S, financial markets misconduct and environmental breaches; just to name a few.

3. Employees and Volunteers – these claims can consist from wrongful dismissal, sexual harassment, failure to promote, discrimination, unsafe working environment and other employment-related risks.

4. Customers/Clients can sue for misleading or deceptive conduct or third- party Employment Practices Liability claims

5. Creditors can claim for allegations of being misled or trading whilst insolvent.

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Price Influencers

  • Annual Turnover / Revenue
  • Number of Employees
  • Number of Members
  • Type of Industry / Activities of the Association
  • Claims History
  • Financial Strength

Quote Requirements

  • Basic business information, such as: name, ABN and address
  • History of company, including years of operation, past insurance and past claims
  • Annual turnover of company
  • Number of employees, members and directors
  • Details of operations and activities
  • Structure of company: subsidiary, locations, overseas exposures

Why KBI?

The KBI team has placed Directors’ and Officers’ Liability Insurance for hundreds of boards – NFP, Private and Public – across Australia, Asia and North America. Our offering is tailored specifically for purchasing and managing Directors & Officers insurance for not-for-profit organisations and professional associations and includes the following services:

1. Assistance with the Submission Process

Assistance with the submission process, so insurers & underwriting agencies have the necessary information to properly underwrite and quote.

2. Detailed and clear Quotation Submission

To help the board of directors easily make an informed decision.

3. Updated Information

We focus on Directors & Officers insurance so we continually provide updates to our clients and contacts by posting our D&O blog and newsletter

4. Claims Management

This is crucial for Directors & Officers policy holders. Our D&O team has experience managing small and large D&O Claims and we are a unique make up of senior brokers, lawyers and past ASX advisors.

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Association Liability Insurance Testimonials

IXUP Limited

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David Bonham
Chief Financial Officer & Chief Operating Officer

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Rob Pilz
Chief Financial Officer

Riverside Resources Inc.

Travis does excellent work in designing insurance that fits diverse clients and diverse needs. We have used their insurance for three years and it has provided solid coverage.

John-Mark Staude
CEO & President

First Line Consultants, Ltd

Travis is my “go to” mining expert in the insurance industry. I have contacted Travis a number of times to provide quotes to public and private mining companies with coverage options ranging from straight D&O, through to a full suite of coverages including active mine and overseas kidnap coverage. Travis is well versed in risk management and has assisted in evaluating the coverage options, providing cost comparative analysis in simple terms that are tailored to the mining sector.

David WJ McAdam
President

R. Anderson & Associates Inc.

Travis and his group has been providing insurance to our junior mining companies for several years and he has provided us with outstanding service over that time. He is extremely knowledgeable in his field, is very personable and I would not hesitate to recommend him and his team for business or personal insurance needs.

Robert Anderson
Principal

Endeavour Silver

"Travis was always good at being straight up with answers and getting information for us and presenting it in a way that was clear and concise."

Godfrey Walton
President and Chief Operating Officer

King Corporate

"The KBI Directors' & Officers' team are my go to insurance brokers for publicly traded companies that I am involved with. They are one of the few brokerages that passionately understand the junior public company space. The explanation and comparison they provide makes it easy for our key executives to make an informed decision. I regularly recommend their services to other public companies in need of Directors' & Officers' insurance and other operational insurances."

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Director

Mining Corporate

"We have been very impressed with the service and knowledge provided by KBI; they really understand our business and our clients’ businesses. We recommend them to our clients as they focus specifically on public companies and know the insurance needs at each stage of the business cycle both pre and post listing and across various industries. KBI has an in-depth knowledge of Directors' & Officers' insurance and are one of the few WA brokerages that also understand the insurance needs in Canada & the USA."

Elizabeth Hunt
Managing Director

Coastal Contacts

"In a world of increasing complexity and risk, Travis has a rare ability to distil decisions down to the factors which are most important and most relevant. Over the past 8 years of working closely with him, I have learned to trust his experience and instinct as it relates to a variety of insurance products. I enthusiastically endorse Travis and his work.

Nick Bozikis
Chief Financial Officer

Bellanhouse

"Through my many dealings with Travis and the KBI team, I have seen firsthand their high level of service and expertise. They have proven themselves to be leaders in the field of Directors’ & Officers’ Insurance and I regularly refer our publicly traded clients to them for advice and the appropriate insurances."

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Managing Director

Price Sierakowski

“We have been impressed with KBI’s experience and knowledge in the area of D&O insurance. They have helped several of our clients with insurance advice on new IPO’s and RTO’s and we consider them a partner in the listing process.”

Simon Jenkins
Director

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