If you're a contract worker
We don't exclude any particular occupations and we'll consider you as a contract worker if you’ve an employment contract which has a set end date or ends when you've completed a specific task.
However, if your employment is temporary or casual, or your employment contract is with an employment agency rather than the company you’re working for, you'll not be eligible for Lifestyle Cover.
Please Note: We don't cover ‘zero hour’ contracts, for example if your employer doesn't have to provide you with any minimum working hours, and you're not obliged to accept any of the hours offered.
Below we show you how Lifestyle Cover Insurance will affect you if you're a contract worker.
|Accident or Sickness||Unemployment|
You can take out Lifestyle Cover to protect your income if you can't work due to accident or sickness, as long as you meet our eligibility criteria.
You don't need to tell us about your medical history when you apply, but we'll check this when you make a claim.
We don’t specifically exclude chronic conditions, such as:
However, you'll not be able to claim in the first 12 months of cover for any illness or disease which you suffered from in the 12 months before this cover started.
You can take out Lifestyle Cover to protect your income if your employment ends due to circumstances outside of your control, as long as you meet our eligibility criteria.
There are some important limitations to our unemployment cover for contract workers. Please see the important information below this table.
You'll not be able to claim for unemployment benefit if you've had prior notice of possible unemployment. By this we mean your employer formally telling you verbally (face-to-face or over the phone) or in writing about a reorganisation, restructure or programme of redundancy which affects your role. This applies to either before you take out Lifestyle Cover, or within the first 60 days of cover, when you'll not be able to claim for unemployment benefit.
As you’re a contract worker, there are some important limitations based on the length of time you’ve been a contract worker for, see below for more details.
When you make a claim for accident or sickness, you'll need to send us:
Note: While we'll accept certification from your doctor for most illnesses, for us to consider your claim we do need a suitably qualified consultant to confirm that you’re unable to work in the case of a back-related condition. For us to consider your claim for depression the symptoms must be certified as severe by a suitably qualified consultant or doctor.
When you make a claim for unemployment, you'll need to send us:
|Qualifying period||There's no initial exclusion period under our Accident and Sickness insurance, unless you have a pre-existing medical condition.|| |
There's an initial exclusion period under our unemployment insurance. This means you won't be able to claim if you're made unemployed, or told by your employer that you may lose your job, in the first 60 days of your cover starting.
However, we can provide unemployment cover as soon as you add it to your policy, if this policy is replacing another policy, either from us or another insurer (and your other policy has been active for at least 12 months immediately before taking out this unemployment cover and you have not claimed under your other policy within the last 12 months).Terms and conditions apply and you can find them in the policy document.
Limitations and exclusions apply. For more information of what is and isn’t covered, please read our PDF file: Lifestyle Cover Insurance Key Features PDF size: 133KB or for full details see our PDF file: Lifestyle Cover Insurance Policy Booklet PDF size: 327KB
Important information for contract workers
As a contract worker your unemployment benefits will be based on how long you've been working as a contract worker.
You should consider the limitations below, before buying unemployment cover.
- Less than 12 months
If you’ve been a contract worker for less than 12 months in a row immediately before you’re made unemployed, you will not be able to make a claim for unemployment benefit.
- 12 months or more
If you’ve been a contract worker for at least 12 months in a row immediately before you’re made unemployed and your contract has been terminated (ended) early, we’ll pay you benefit up to the expected end of your contract term, or the date you return to work, whichever happens first. We won’t pay more than 365 days’ benefit. However, if you’re contract is not terminated early, in other words, it comes to its natural end, you will not be able to make a claim for unemployment benefit.
- 24 months or more
If you’ve been a contract worker for at least 24 months in a row immediately before you’re made unemployed, we’ll pay you benefit for up to 365 days or the date you return to work, whichever happens first. You'll be able to claim unemployment benefit if your contract is terminated early, or if it just comes to its expected end.
How do I know what benefit amount is right for me?
The most we'll cover is 65% of your gross monthly income.
This is your total monthly earnings before tax and National Insurance contributions. For many people this is not far off their usual take-home pay.
While we can offer to cover up to 65% of your gross monthly income, choosing maximum cover may not suit you. Take a moment to think about the following:
- Monthly costs - add up your monthly costs, for example mortgage or rent payments, food, phone bill, utilities(gas, electricity, water), childcare, gym membership or credit card bills.
- Employment benefits - look into what benefits you may be entitled to.
- Will your employer continue to pay your normal wages if you're ill and can't work?
- Is there a prearranged redundancy package in case you are made unemployed?
- Savings and income - review your savings and other similar schemes. Are your savings set aside for a rainy day or do you already have plans for them, for example, a wedding, holidays, a new car? Do you have income from other sources?
- Other insurance - take into account any other payment protection policies you may already have in place.
- Government benefits - are you entitled to any government benefits such as Support for Mortgage Interest or Income Support?
How long do I have to wait before you pay my benefits?
We don’t pay benefits straight away when you make a claim - we call this the deferred period. You can choose a 30, 60, or 90-day deferred period for accident and sickness or unemployment options. You can also have a longer deferred period of 180 days for accident and sickness cover. We’ll work out your claim at a daily rate and pay your benefit to you monthly in arrears (this means every month for the month just gone).
Will this policy affect any of my state benefits?
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Mr Green has just renewed his 12-month contract with his current employer. His contract doesn't entitle him to any sick pay, apart from Statutory Sick Pay. It also includes a termination clause - which means if his contract is ended earlier than expected he'll not be given any notice and his salary will only be paid up to his termination date. However he has always been a contractor so he is comfortable with this.
Mr Green chooses:
- A 30 day deferred period for his accident and sickness cover; and
- Back To Day One payment option on the policy.
This means that if he's unwell and unable to work, he'll receive his accident and sickness benefit 31 days after the start of his claim. His payments will be backdated to the first day of his claim.