Employers' Liability (Compulsory Insurance) Act 1969

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The Employers' Liability (Compulsory Insurance) Act 1969 (c 57) is a UK Act of Parliament that requires that employers carry insurance against the personal injury of their employees.


The insurance that employers must take out is referred to as Employer's Liability Compulsory Insurance (ECLI). As well as being insured, employers must post details of the insurance for staff to see. This requirement applies to most companies; exemptions include public organisations and certain micro companies.

Under section 5, offenders can be sentenced, on summary conviction in the Magistrates' Court, to a fine of up to level 4 on the standard scale (£2500) .

The Act does not require compulsory insurance against illness and injury suffered by employees working abroad. In Reid v Rush & Thompkins[1] there is no requirement to advise an employee to get insurance herself.

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  1. ^ [1990] 1 WLR 212, but contrast Scally v Southern Health and Social Services Board [1992] 1 AC 294