Most EPLI policies begin providing protection as soon as a business is accused of a covered infraction. Policies will generally start providing resources for a business’ defense as soon as an accusation is made. They’ll also typically cover any settlements that are eventually agreed to or assessed (up to the policies’ limits).
What Massachusetts Businesses Should Consider EPLI?
Most businesses in Massachusetts that have one or more employees should consider getting EPLI coverage. After all, any business that hires an employee, or even just interviews one for a potential job, can be accused of violating federal or state employment laws.
Additionally, many nonprofits in the state may also want to get EPLI coverage. For instance, a church in Boston, MA, homeless shelter in Springfield, MA, food pantry in Worcester, MA or library in Northampton, MA might all want a policy. Not only will many of these nonprofits likely have employees, but they can also often use the protections that EPLI coverage offers to protect themselves from similar incidents involving volunteer workers.
When Should Businesses Get EPLI?
Businesses that want or need EPLI should obtain coverage prior to placing their first job opening. Most policies include coverage for hiring decisions and practices, but only if incidents involving hiring occur during the policy’s effective period. Thus, businesses that want protection for this portion of hiring employees should get a policy before beginning the hiring process or interviewing candidates.
Nonprofit organizations, similarly, should obtain coverage before interviewing paid job applicants or volunteer applicants. If a nonprofit doesn’t have coverage while volunteers are being selected and someone feels they were discriminated against in the selection process, a nonprofit likely won’t have protection for the claim.