Fidelity has been defined with varying definitions across the board, but in its simplest terms, fidelity refers to faithfulness, truth and dedication in relationships, often in terms of intimate or romantic relationships; but it can refer to other sorts of relationships as well, including the relationship between an employer and employee. Infidelity is something that, as human beings, we would want to avoid against for the sake of our own well-being, yet is inevitable at times. When infidelity happens, you should be able to protect yourself against it, not only emotionally and psychologically, but practically and financially as well.
A fidelity guarantee is a contract of insurance and a contract of guarantee to which the general principles of insurance apply.
Of course, Fidelity Guarantee Insurance cannot guarantee that your employee will be faithful or honest, but it does guarantee that if you suffer any financial loss because of your employee, you can manage such risk legally, but within the set limits of the contract.
Fidelity Guarantee Insurance is undertaken by the insurer to cover financial losses which have incurred as a result of an employee’s dishonesty and misuse of company's money, such as in the form of embezzlement, forgery, or fraud.
If you are an employer, Fidelity Guarantee Insurance is something you should have in case employees stray from their commitment and loyalty to the organization, especially in terms of finances.
icon-quote-left Currently there is no standalone policy for Fidelity Guarantee Insurance in Singapore, but comes included in a package of Office insurance, which also includes insurance for fire, business interruption, burglary, electronic equipment, machinery breakdown, glass, public liability, product liability, work injury compensation, group health insurance and group personal accident. icon-quote-right
Extensions of Fidelity Guarantee Insurance
Different types of extensions are offered with their basic cover and are as follows:
- in which you can engage an auditor to authenticate the amount of loss to indemnify you for his fee, but it is still subject to approval by your insurer.
Automatic additions and deletions
- whereby cover can be provided for additions and removal of employees that meet the classification in your policy.
- this is based on the declared wage role or the number of employees during the duration of your policy and your insurer’s blanket policy which covers your employees can also be adjusted.
Considerations of Fidelity Guarantee Insurance
In order to gain benefit from Fidelity Guarantee Insurance, there are certain boundaries to consider:
- The infidelity on part of your employee(s) should have been
committed during the time period of your insurance.
act should be an uninterrupted continuance of the employment of the defaulting employee(s).
- You should
notify your insurer within 12 months of the infidelity being committed by the employee(s).
loss should be in respect of moneys or goods
and the act should be committed in the course of the duties specified.
If your employee(s) guaranteed under the policy has left the services of the employer and was re-engaged by him, no liability will be attached to the policy unless the consent of the insurers was obtained.
The loss would be payable if it was caused by inadequate accountancy on part of the company. It is
essential that the loss can be evidenced
(via objective evidence and documentation) that the infidelity was committed by your employee(s) deliberately.
Individual Policy: This
covers an individual for a stated amount, which should be discovered and reported within 24 months.
Collective Policy: This
covers a group of employees, in which the insurer decides the amount of guarantee required for each employee based on his/her responsibilities and position in the company.
Floating Policy: This is
similar to the collective policy in that the individual employees are named, but only
one amount of guarantee is given. This means that only one collective amount floats over all the employees covered and you are guaranteed the maximum amount for which your insurer holds liability. Floating policies are granted where the number of employees to be guaranteed is five or more.
Blanket Policy: The insurer, in certain selected cases, issues blanket policies
without the names of the guaranteed persons being shown, in respect of all employees who are grouped according to categories. The amount covered could be in terms of “per employee” or based on the amount of loss that occurred.
Some of the exclusions of a Fidelity Guarantee Insurance policy include:
icon-times-circle The first loss that has been incurred as an excess to any other policy claim
icon-times-circle A change in within the nature of the business that has been insured
icon-times-circle Loss of interest and any other similar losses that bring about major consequences
icon-times-circle Change in responsibilities or salary of the person concerned without it being sanctioned by the company or authority.
icon-times-circle Lack of proper procedures to secure and keep track of financial accounts
icon-times-circle Loss in terms of any improper financial gain that has been received by the person concerned as part of their normal employment
icon-times-circle Shortage of finances due to errors in calculations or sudden losses and disappearances
What to do in the event of a Claim
If you are faced with the unfortunate circumstance of wrongful financial loss, there are important steps you should follow before filing a claim:
Immediately notify the police and take all the necessary steps to prosecute your employee(s) for the criminal acts which they have committed.
Notify your insurance adviser immediately about the situation, including the name of your employee(s), their whereabouts, and their criminal acts.
Complete the Fidelity Guarantee Claim Form together with full details, particulars, and evidence and any other information as may be required.
icon-briefcase To the extent allowed by law,
retain all monies and other assets which are due to your employee(s) who caused the loss.
Checklist of Documents required
• Duly completed fidelity guarantee claim form
• Police report
• Police investigation result
• Internal investigation result
• CCTV footage
• Letter of employment/termination
• Detailed description of the employee’s job duties
• Duty roster of the employee(s)
• Records supporting the amount claimed
• Details of restitution made by the employee(s)
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