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Business Owners Policies (BOPs)

Business owners have a lot to consider when choosing insurance that fully protects their business. One coverage option, a business owner’s policy (BOP), can take the guesswork out of the process. A BOP bundles several types of coverage in one package, similar to the way a homeowners policy works but is designed for small and midsized businesses.

BOP Key Features

A BOP generally combines the following types of coverage in one convenient bundle:

  1. Commercial property insurance—Covers losses to property from common perils. It also covers office equipment, furniture, inventory, machinery, raw materials, computers, and anything else that is vital to business operations.
  2. General liability insurance—covers a company’s legal responsibility for any harm it may cause to others, up to the policy limit. It also covers attorney fees and medical bills for anyone injured by the company.
  3. Business interruption insurance—Reimburses for loss of income if a covered disaster interferes with the successful operation of the business.

Exclusions

Although a BOP is a convenient insurance option for small to midsized business owners, it does not cover professional liability, auto insurance, and workers’ compensation. Workers’ life, health, and disability coverage are also excluded. For those exclusions, business owners can purchase separate insurance policies. Other examples include the following:

  1. Crime coverage—Although it is minimal, crime coverage can be added to a BOP to cover losses as a result of crime, such as employee dishonesty and computer fraud. Typical crime coverage ranges between $1,000 and $5,000.
  2. Data breach coverage—This coverage is commonly added to BOPs to help remedy the following losses resulting from data breaches:

    a. Notifying impacted individual
    b. Hiring crisis communication consultants
    c. Defense and settlement costs from associated lawsuits
    d. Replacement of lost income
    e. Extortion and ransom payments
  3. Errors and omissions (E&O) coverage—Businesses that provide services for a fee can be sued by customers who claim that they were harmed because the business failed to perform its job properly. E&O coverage pays for any judgment for which the insured is found legally liable, up to the policy limit. It also covers legal defense costs.

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