The North Pole workshop has a lot of expensive equipment, including an automated assembly line, office equipment and computers, production systems, and alternative energy hardware. If any of that machinery should cease to work because of a mechanical malfunction or an electrical surge, it’s Santa’s equipment breakdown insurance that is designed to cover the cost of repairing or replacing them.
Santa’s sleigh is a vehicle used for business purposes, which is why he has commercial auto insurance (he and Mrs Claus also own an all-electric SUV, but they don’t use it for work). It’s sensible since private-passenger car insurance policies aren’t designed to cover business vehicles.
While the basic or standard coverages in a commercial auto policy mirror those in private-passenger car policies, they tend to come with higher coverage limits. He also wisely includes optional collision or upset coverage in his policy. So, suppose while landing on a rooftop, Santa’s sleigh smashes into a chimney stack and damages it. In that case, his commercial auto policy’s third-party liability coverage may pay to repair the damaged chimney, and his collision coverage may cover the cost of damages to his sleigh since he’d likely be found at fault for the accident.
Typically included in CGL coverage, product liability insurance protects Santa’s workshop from third-party bodily injury or property damage claims from the toys he and his elves manufacture and distribute. This same coverage is vital for any business, including retailers or online sellers selling goods they didn’t manufacture.
It’s true to say Santa is a traditionalist for many things, but his enduring legacy proves he keeps up with modern society. Although he may receive millions of letters from children worldwide, he also gets a lot of emails and is quite a tech-savvy fellow. Plus, his workshop adopted different software solutions to track the many orders for toys he gets. He runs a tight, efficient operation, Santa does.
But using technology and storing data comes with the risk of data breaches and cyber-attacks, even for him. Santa’s cyber liability coverage shields him from those costs should, for example, an elf accidentally fall for an email phishing attack that exposes the workshop’s confidential data. Cyber liability insurance is designed to pay for incident response costs, software system damage and restoration, legal and breach management fees, and losses sustained by a cyber-attack that causes a systems-wide outage at the North Pole.
The North Pole can be an inhospitable place to work, especially during the winter months, but that’s Santa’s peak season. Should an insurable loss resulting from extreme weather, fire, or a flood inflict damage on his workshop and he’s forced to close while repairs are underway, business interruption coverage pays his overhead costs. That includes the elves’ payroll, taxes and loan payments, mortgage payments, and utility bills.
This coverage is usually included in commercial property insurance, but if it isn’t, it can be added to an existing policy. However, you must have commercial property insurance to have this protection, and Santa certainly does.
It’s hard to imagine Kris Kringle needing legal representation to deal with tax audits, statutory license protection, or contract and debt recovery disputes. But it can happen to anyone, including the jolly ol’ St. Nick. That’s why he has legal expense insurance to cover the cost of hiring a lawyer or seeking legal advice. Adding this coverage to a policy is far more affordable than paying for an experienced lawyer out of your pocket.
It also covers Santa’s legal fees if he decides to pursue legal action against an individual or organization that damages his property or physically injures one of his reindeer, elves, or the big man himself.
Also called management liability insurance, D&O insurance is designed to protect Santa, Mrs Claus, and the senior elves on his team from suffering personal financial losses related to breach of legal or fiduciary responsibilities, allegations of misrepresentation, and decisions that adversely affect his workshop’s shareholders.
And though Mr and Mrs Claus are kind, generous business leaders, employment-related disputes with their elves can happen. D&O supports them if they face wrongful dismissal or employment discrimination claims.
Let’s face it, Santa Claus is probably one of the world’s most popular influencers. With that kind of profile and audience, millions of people hang off his every word. But you know the likes of Scrooge or the Grinch are chomping at the bit to take him down a notch if the opportunity presents itself.
That’s why Santa includes professional liability coverage in his policy. In addition to covering his professional services for errors or negligent acts, it also provides protection for claims alleging defamation or disparagement should the North Pole’s advertising initiatives or any public comments he makes about the miserly likes of Scrooge and the Grinch trigger a lawsuit.
Protect Your Business Like Santa Does: Get Business Insurance
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but if you don’t have business insurance and something goes wrong, it can quickly ruin the festive spirit (and potentially bankrupt you).
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