Employee benefits are defined as a form of compensation paid by employers to employees over and above regular salary or wages. Employee benefits come in many forms and are an important part of the overall compensation package offered to employees. These can include Private Medical Insurance, Group Life and Disability Cover, Income Protection Cover and other. Non-Insurance benefits such as Gym membership today can also fall under such benefits.
Group Personal Accident
The policy provides compensation to the insured through the payment of pre-specified benefits in the event of accidental death as well as permanent or temporary disablement. The policy may be extended to include a limit of cover for medical expenses incurred in connection with the accident. The insured may also select the extent of protection required on a geographical basis and operative time basis.
Indemnity to the insured is provided in respect of medical expenses incurred in using medical services. Various packages are available to meet the specific requirements of the insured, although arrangements may also be made to design bespoke schemes.
Group Life Assurance
This group policy provides compensation in the form of a lump sum in the event of death of a group member.
Amongst other features the policy provides cover against medical and other expenses, cancellation charges, baggage and money and Personal Accident benefits while travelling on business. The protection is arranged on an annual open cover basis that generally operates subject to declarations in arrears.
This policy is designed to provide a regular income to the insured if he becomes disabled and is unable to continue to perform his employment duties.
Frequently Asked Questions
Depending on the size of the group, insurers will normally cover pre-existing conditions of the insured members of the group.
What is the compensation payable in respect of Temporary Total Disablement under the Group Personal Accident Policy?
As the name implies, temporary total disablement is a disablement which is total but for a temporary period only. Under this disability the insured cannot wholly and continuously perform each and every duty pertaining to his job/occupation. The temporary disablement benefit will normally be for a few days, weeks, months or even up to a year. Here, the compensation paid is normally up to 75% of the weekly wage.
Typical exclusions are:
- Intentional self-injury, suicide, attempted suicide
- While under the influence of i alcohol or drugs
- While engaging in aviation (other than fare-paying passengers), hazardous sports activities like scuba diving, mountaineering etc.
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