Fiduciary liability insurance protects companies against errors, omissions and “breach of fiduciary duty” claims in managing and administering employee benefit plans. It specifically covers unintentional failings or lapses by a company and employees who are responsible for management or oversight of these company plans. Importantly, this coverage includes not just retirement plans, but also health and other employee welfare plans.
In contrast, ERISA fidelity bonds protect a plan’s participants against fraud, theft, and other deliberately fraudulent acts by fiduciaries that result in financial losses to an employee benefit plan.
Fiduciary liability insurance covers the legal expenses of defending against claims, as well as the financial losses a plan may incur when breaches of fiduciary duty occur.
These bonds are a form of insurance that covers losses from an employee plan resulting from illegal acts such as theft and fraud.