In fact, many of these kinds of businesses can’t operate without a liquor liability policy. Massachusetts state law requires businesses to have a policy that meets minimum requirements in order to obtain a liquor license from the Alcohol Beverages Control Commission.
Additionally, businesses that don’t sell alcohol but will be serving it during an event may also want liquor liability coverage. These businesses don’t normally need coverage year-round, but they might want to purchase coverage for when their event will be taking place. Usually, coverage for specific events can be obtained through event insurance policies.
Do Bartenders and Servers Need Liquor Liability Policies?
Bartenders, tasting guides, servers and others who serve alcohol usually ought to have liquor liability coverage in case they’re personally named in a lawsuit. Often, however, they don’t need to purchase a policy because they’re protected by the policy of the business they work for. For example, a restaurant’s liquor liability policy may provide coverage for the restaurant, its owners, and all employees (including any bartenders or servers it has).
To make sure they’re covered, employees should ask for a copy of their employer’s liquor liability policy. They can then review the policy themselves or ask their own insurance agent to read through it. Should an employer’s policy not cover employees sufficiently, policies for individuals are frequently available.