Term insurance is usually used when the only purpose is to compensate for losses caused by the key employee’s death. Policies that accumulate cash value are appropriate in some circumstances. You need to discuss the options with your life insurance agent.
Usually, your organization owns the policy, pays the premium and is the beneficiary. Alternatively, your business and a key employee may agree to split the premium payments, cash surrender and death benefit value.
The employee must agree to the company’s purchase of this insurance. The insurer may also require a resolution from your board of directors stating the policy’s purpose.
Key employee disability income insurance is less well known than key employee life insurance. Nevertheless, the risk of a key employee experiencing partial, total or permanent disability is actually much greater than the risk the person will die. Should a key employee suffer permanent total disability, the loss to your business will be just the same as if the person had died. Key employee disability income insurance protects the business from this loss exposure by paying you anywhere from 40 to 70 percent of the disabled employee’s earned income.
If the disabled person is a partner or sole proprietor, a business overhead expense disability policy provides some protection. This pays, up to the policy limit, office expenses including rent, utilities, salaries and depreciation that continue when a partner or sole proprietor is disabled.