Smaller and mid-size companies often purchase a package policy known as the business owner’s policy or BOP. BOP coverage includes property insurance for buildings and contents owned by the company, and liability protection to cover a company’s legal responsibility for the harm it may cause to others. There are two different forms, standard and special, which provides more comprehensive coverage. A key option is business interruption insurance, a form of property insurance that covers the loss of income resulting from a fire or other catastrophe that disrupts the operation of the business. Business interruption can also include the extra expense of operating out of a temporary location. Costs due to business interruption can exceed the property damage that caused the business to shut down.
BOPs do not cover professional liability, auto insurance, workers compensation or health and disability insurance. Businesses need separate insurance policies to cover professional services, vehicles and their employees’ health/disability needs.