What's Your Policy Toward Pets? You Need To Have One.


What’s Your Policy Toward Pets?


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...unfriendly animals coming onsite which could cause injury. There will still be questions about the impact of animals on workplace hygiene, safety, and decorum, but many enterprises are finding these matters to be manageable.

In any case —be it leasing, employment, or retail traffic — property owners and business owners considering whether to allow pets onsite need to pay careful attention to the pet owners’ insurance coverage. A tenant or employee may accurately report that there is liability coverage for his or her pet under a homeowners or renters policy, but that coverage could be subject to a business activities exclusion, depending on the circumstances.

Even if pet owners under consideration clearly have coverage for damage or injury caused by their animals, property and business owners need to consider having their own coverage in the event a loss exceeds the pet owner’s insurance limits. Owners will generally want the pet owner’s insurance to be the primary coverage that responds first to a claim.

It’s new and perhaps unnerving for enterprises to consider these questions, but again, many are finding that they can accommodate pets. By doing so, they can leverage the emotional connection employees and customers have to their companion animals.

If a pet becomes accustomed to a workplace, an employee will think twice before leaving a job. If a pet looks forward to visiting an establishment, its owner may patronize it more often, and stay longer. It adds a whole new meaning to “going to the dogs.”