Insurance endorsement

Modifications to your insurance policy that make good coverage even better.


What is an insurance endorsement?

An insurance endorsement (also called a rider) is a document added to your insurance policy that modifies it to better meet your needs. It typically adds, deletes or changes your policy’s benefits, allowing it to fit your business like a custom-tailored suit.

Why are insurance endorsements necessary?

Endorsements are necessary because small business insurance isn’t a one-size-fits-all service. Just as auto manufacturers let buyers add options to a car’s standard equipment package, insurance companies allow small business owners to customize their coverage to meet their unique requirements.

In many cases, an insurer’s “off-the-rack” policy will work fine for your business. But when it doesn’t, you can tailor it to fit your needs. Contact NEXT to ask for an endorsement to be added to your policy’s declarations page.

How do insurance endorsements work?

Your policy is a legal agreement where your insurance company agrees to provide funds when you have a covered loss. An endorsement is written proof of the modified agreement that adds, deletes or revises coverage.

Although an insurance endorsement is legally binding, you can always change it again if needed. Until then, your updated policy will be ready to protect you against unforeseen losses.

How do you request an insurance endorsement?

Just ask your broker or insurance company to add it to your policy either:

  • Before your purchase.
  • When you’re about to renew your policy.
  • When you realize your business risks have changed (as long as your policy is still active).

Remember: Your insurance company has a vested interest in serving you well. It will gladly adjust your policy to make it more suitable for your business. Just express your wishes, and the company will see if an endorsement is possible.

Learn more about making changes to your policy.

Does it cost anything to add an endorsement?

There’s no fee to request an endorsement. However, if it expands your coverage  — meaning your policy will either pay under conditions it wouldn’t have before or it will pay a larger benefit — then the insurance company may increase your premium (the amount you pay for your policy).

If your new insurance endorsement results in narrower coverage, making it less likely the insurer will have to pay money on the claim or pay less, then your premium might decrease.

When should a small business ask for an insurance endorsement?

If your business insurance policy doesn’t protect your company from risk because its policy language is too restrictive, talk to your broker or insurer about an endorsement to broaden your coverage.

Here’s a case in point: If your employee uses their personal car to run work errands or make sales calls and they have an accident, you’d have to pay for vehicle damage out of pocket. The solution? You could add a commercial auto insurance policy. Or instead, you could add an endorsement called hired and non-owned auto to your general liability insurance. Your liability policy will then provide collision insurance for employees who use personal vehicles on company business.

What are some examples of endorsements you can add to your insurance policy?

Dozens of possibilities exist, and here are four of the most common:

  1. Extending reporting period endorsement for claims made errors & omissions insurance. It’s a mouthful, but this one lets you file a claim even though your insurance policy expired. This is also known as tail coverage.
  2. Equipment breakdown endorsement. This modifies your commercial property insurance so it can pay for equipment repairs or replacement after power surges, loss of air pressure, electrical malfunctions or other problems.
  3. Accounts receivable endorsement. Add this to enable commercial property insurance to cover financial shortfalls due to customers failing to pay their bills on time.
  4. Electronic data processing (EDP) endorsement. Request it to expand your business owner’s policy (BOP) to cover electronic data loss after a power outage, flood or other natural catastrophe.

These are examples of templated endorsements, meaning ones that insurers have ready-to-go to add to your coverage. However, if your policy has an unusual gap that doesn’t have a template, ask your broker or insurer to develop a customized endorsement for your company.

Have your business insurance needs changed?

Small businesses evolve. So do their insurance needs. Check with us to make sure you don’t have an insurance coverage gap that an endorsement can easily fill.

NEXT provides affordable, custom coverage. We have policies for more than 1,300 small business professions. We can help provide your small business with just the protection you need.

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Business insurance is divided into different policies. We offer seven types so it's easy to design the coverage that fits your business.
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Cover medical bills and lost wages if your employees have an accident at work.
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Stay on the road with coverage for dents, tows and damage to someone else’s vehicle.
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Upgrade your general liability coverage to protect any gear that’s stolen, damaged or lost.
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