BOP (BUSINESS OWNERS POLICY)
A Business Owners Policy (BOP) is a package policy that typically combines general liability and property insurance, along with other optional coverage, for small- to medium-sized businesses in lower risk business classes.
Insurance companies selling business insurance offer policies that combine protection from all major property and liability risks in one package. (They also sell coverages separately.) One package purchased by small and mid-sized businesses is the businessowners policy (BOP). Package policies are created for businesses that generally face the same kind and degree of risk. Larger companies might purchase a commercial package policy or customize their policies to meet the special risks they face.
- Property insurance for buildings and contents owned by the company — there are two different forms, standard and special, which provides more comprehensive coverage.
- Business interruption insurance, which covers the loss of income resulting from a fire or other catastrophe that disrupts the operation of the business. It can also include the extra expense of operating out of a temporary location.
- Liability protection, which covers your company’s legal responsibility for the harm it may cause to others. This harm is a result of things that you and your employees do or fail to do in your business operations that may cause bodily injury or property damage due to defective products, faulty installations and errors in services provided.
- Business income insurance. Should some unforeseen circumstance arise that will that cause the operations of your business to be suspended, the business income insurance offered in a BOP can help to replace your lost income in order to assist you with meeting any financial obligations you may have that cannot be put off, such as paying your employees or your rent. It can also include the extra expenses of operating out of a temporary location.
There are many additional coverage options available depending on the needs of your business. Optional coverages include:
- Blanket Additional Insured
- Building & Business Personal Property
- Business Income and Extra Expense
- Data Breach
- Electronic Data and Equipment
- Employment Practices Liability
- Identity Theft
- Limited Property of Others Liability
- Personal Property of Other
- Valuable Papers and Records
BOPs do NOT cover professional liability, auto insurance, worker’s compensation or health and disability insurance. You’ll need separate insurance policies to cover professional services, vehicles and your employees.