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Fiduciary liability insurance protects individuals or entities who oversee employee benefit plans from claims they mismanaged those plans in breach of their fiduciary duty.

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Error in administering plans
Error in counseling
Poor/Negligent advice
Making risky investments
Imprudent selection of service providers

Error in administering plans coverage

Risk Factors

Your fiduciary makes an error in administering plans, such as improper enrolment or terminations, resulting in lost or incorrect benefits and your company needs to pay for it.


Fiduciary liability insurance can be taken to reimburse for the lawsuit & other expenses.

Error in counseling coverage

Risk Factors

Your fiduciary makes an error in counseling when administering health or welfare plans, resulting in lost or incorrect benefits.


Fiduciary liability insurance can be taken to reimburse the losses incurred.

Poor/Negligent advice coverage

Risk Factors

Your fiduciary gives poor or negligent advice on investing in employees’ retirement plans, resulting in a business loss.


Fiduciary liability insurance can be taken to reimburse the losses incurred.

Making risky investments coverage

Risk Factors

Your fiduciary may make risky investments with negligence and end up making a loss.


Fiduciary liability insurance can be taken to reimburse the losses incurred.

Imprudent selection of service providers coverage

Risk Factors

Your fiduciary may end up selecting or monitoring a service provider by being imprudent.


Fiduciary liability insurance can be taken to reimburse for the lawsuit & other expenses.

What is Fiduciary Liability Insurance?

When choosing which company they want to work for, employees tend to favor companies that offer a wider variety of benefits. Health insurance, stock options, and 401(k)s are just a few things that can be attractive to a potential employee.

If your company offers these types of benefits, you most likely have a department of people overseeing them. But did you know that your company could be held liable if one of them makes a mistake?

Fiduciary liability insurance is the best form of risk management for protecting the interests of your company and your employees' interests in these situations. Fiduciary liability insurance is designed to protect the business from claims of mismanagement and the legal liability arising from their role as fiduciaries. A fiduciary liability policy covers associated legal costs to defend against claims of errors and a breach of fiduciary duty. One of the reasons why some businesses don't know much about fiduciary liability is the fact that the ERISA does not legally require it.

There are many different types of employer liability coverages. Still, only fiduciary liability insurance will protect both the company and the individuals against fiduciary-related claims of negligence, mismanagement, or actions that are not in the best interest of the plan participants.

Coverages offered by Fiduciary Liability Insurance

  • Making improper changes in plan benefits
  • Wrongfully denying benefits to employees
  • Providing improper or incorrect advice or counsel to the plan holder (employer) or participants (employees)
  • Giving advice, that benefits the fiduciary but harms the plan holder (conflict of interest)
  • Making a poor decision regarding hiring plan service providers
  • Failing to supervise service providers properly
  • Making errors while administering the plan
  • Managing plan assets imprudently or failing to diversify those assets

When these and other problems occur, fiduciary liability insurance will pay for the fiduciary's defense costs and any settlements or judgments arising from legal action.

How does Fiduciary duty relate to small businesses that provide employees with benefits?

Small businesses that provide retirement plans or other employee benefits are subject to a federal regulation called the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). This rule imposes the "highest duty known to law" (i.e., a fiduciary duty) on those who manage retirement savings and other benefit plans.

Why is this significant for small business owners? First, ERISA explicitly imposes liability on any person or entity that violates fiduciary duty. This means the plan fiduciary may be held responsible for reimbursing employee financial losses.

ERISA does not allow pension or health and welfare plans to reimburse plan fiduciaries for their legal expenses, settlements, or judgments. As a result, fiduciaries involved with employer plans bear tremendous personal liability for their mistakes.

For this reason, fiduciary liability insurance is necessary to risk mitigation for plan fiduciaries. It protects them from going personally bankrupt after their professional mistake financially harms plan participants.

What types of small businesses need Fiduciary Liability Insurance

If you're a solopreneur or have only a few employees for whom you don't provide employee benefits, you probably don't need fiduciary insurance.

However, if you have a significant number of employees and provide them benefits, you should consider protecting yourself with a fiduciary insurance policy.

Why do you need Fiduciary Liability Insurance?

Businesses mainly invest in fiduciary liability insurance because claims are almost always very costly. Not only are the costs of going to court and defending yourself high, but the chances of losing or settling with the plaintiff are also significantly high. So if you're a growing business, one fiduciary liability claim can cripple your business financially.

Also, as mentioned earlier, employee benefit plans are generally very complex, and mistakes can be made anytime, even if you have an entire team working on them. If the fiduciary does not follow the benefits plan precisely as it is laid out, they could be sued.

Furthermore, even if you're hiring outside vendors to run your employee benefit plans, your employees with fiduciary responsibility or oversight of employee retirement plans will more than likely be named alongside the vendor in an employee's complaint.

The scope of fiduciary liability insurance has broadened over the years as claims activity has increased. Talk to us to know more!

Already have Fiduciary Liability Insurance? Switching is easy

It might be time to switch insurers whenever the service that your existing insurer provides doesn’t meet your needs. For example, if you have a poor claims experience or an unexplained rate increase, it might be time to consider other options

If you cancel a previous policy before a new policy is effective, you could run into some serious financial problems.

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