Another one of those posts with an important footnote (see below).
Employers need an Employers’ Liability Insurance to the value of at least £5m (though most of the insurance providers offer a minimum of £10m I believe?).
Members occasionally ask us if they need it for their own limited company. If such a company employs people, or the one person working for the company owns less than 50% of the shares in the company, then Employers’ Liability Insurance is needed.
If the company is hiring self-employed sole traders to work for it, they will probably need this insurance as well – if the HSE thinks that they are an employee (and there are similar tests for this to the ones that determine employment status and employee tax status around supervision/direction/control and the supply of equipment, etc).
Usual footnote though. If this is a concern to you, take professional advice. This site offers a general outline of the subjects covered. It should neither be regarded as comprehensive nor sufficient for making decisions, and it should not be used in place of professional advice.
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There’s a good summary on Employers’ Liability here. The .gov page is here.