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INDEMNIFICATION AND INSURANCE REQUIREMENT FOR LOS ANGELES COUNTY SERVICE AGREEMENTS

Instructions for the Analysts highlighted (in red).

8.23    INDEMNIFICATION

The Contractor shall indemnify, defend and hold harmless the County, its Special Districts, elected and appointed officers, employees, and agents from and against any and all liability, including but not limited to demands, claims, actions, fees, costs, and expenses (including attorney and expert witness fees), arising from or connected with the Contractor’s acts and/or omissions arising from and/or relating to this Contract.

8.24    GENERAL Provisions for All INSURANCE Coverage
Include all sections of 8.24 below in all County service contracts. If you need assistance with a lease, construction or other specialized contract or agreement, please contact the CEO Risk Management Branch – Risk Management Operations Section staff for specialized provisions and further assistance.  Please do not request that Contractors send certificates to CEO Risk Management.

Without limiting Contractor's indemnification of County, and in the performance of this Contract and until all of its obligations pursuant to this Contract have been met, Contractor shall provide and maintain at its own expense insurance coverage satisfying the requirements specified in Sections 8.24 and 8.25 of this Contract.  These minimum insurance coverage terms, types and limits (the “Required Insurance”) also are in addition to and separate from any other contractual obligation imposed upon Contractor pursuant to this Contract.  The County in no way warrants that the Required Insurance is sufficient to protect the Contractor for liabilities which may arise from or relate to this Contract.

8.24.1    Evidence of Coverage and Notice to County

  1. Certificate(s) of insurance coverage (Certificate) satisfactory to County, and a copy of an Additional Insured endorsement confirming County and its Agents (defined below) has been given Insured status under the Contractor’s General Liability policy, shall be delivered to County at the address shown below and provided prior to commencing services under this Contract.

  2. Renewal Certificates shall be provided to County not less than 10 days prior to Contractor’s policy expiration dates.  The County reserves the right to obtain complete, certified copies of any required Contractor and/or Sub-Contractor insurance policies at any time.

  3. Certificates shall identify all Required Insurance coverage types and limits specified herein, reference this Contract by name or number, and be signed by an authorized representative of the insurer(s).  The Insured party named on the Certificate shall match the name of the Contractor identified as the contracting party in this Contract.  Certificates shall provide the full name of each insurer providing coverage, its NAIC (National Association of Insurance Commissioners) identification number, its financial rating, the amounts of any policy deductibles or self-insured retentions exceeding fifty thousand ($50,000.00) dollars, and list any County required endorsement forms.

  4. Neither the County’s failure to obtain, nor the County’s receipt of, or failure to object to a non-complying insurance certificate or endorsement, or any other insurance documentation or information provided by the Contractor, its insurance broker(s) and/or insurer(s), shall be construed as a waiver of any of the Required Insurance provisions.

    Certificates and copies of any required endorsements shall be sent to:

    County of Los Angeles
    Contracting Department Name, Division/Section
    Contracting Department Address
    Attention: Name and Title of Department Contact

    Contractor also shall promptly report to County any injury or property damage accident or incident, including any injury to a Contractor employee occurring on County property, and any loss, disappearance, destruction, misuse, or theft of County property, monies or securities entrusted to Contractor.  Contractor also shall promptly notify County of any third party claim or suit filed against Contractor or any of its Sub-Contractors which arises from or relates to this Contract, and could result in the filing of a claim or lawsuit against Contractor and/or County.

8.24.2    Additional Insured Status and Scope of Coverage

The County of Los Angeles, its Special Districts, Elected Officials, Officers, Agents, Employees and Volunteers (collectively County and its Agents) shall be provided additional insured status under Contractor’s General Liability policy with respect to liability arising out of Contractor’s ongoing and completed operations performed on behalf of the County.  County and its Agents additional insured status shall apply with respect to liability and defense of suits arising out of the Contractor’s acts or omissions, whether such liability is attributable to the Contractor or to the County.  The full policy limits and scope of protection also shall apply to the County and its Agents as an additional insured, even if they exceed the County’s minimum Required Insurance specifications herein. Use of an automatic additional insured endorsement form is acceptable providing it satisfies the Required Insurance provisions herein.

8.24.3    Cancellation of Insurance

Except in the case of cancellation for non-payment of premium, Contractor’s insurance policies shall provide, and Certificates shall specify, that County shall receive not less than thirty (30) days advance written notice by mail of any cancellation of the Required Insurance.  Ten (10) days prior notice may be given to County in event of cancellation for non-payment of premium.

8.24.4    Failure to Maintain Insurance

Contractor’s failure to maintain or to provide acceptable evidence that it maintains the Required Insurance shall constitute a material breach of the Contract, upon which County immediately may withhold payments due to Contractor, and/or suspend or terminate this Contract.  County, at its sole discretion, may obtain damages from Contractor resulting from said breach.

8.24.5    Insurer Financial Ratings

Coverage shall be placed with insurers acceptable to the County with A.M. Best ratings of not less than A:VII unless otherwise approved by County.

8.24.6    Contractor’s Insurance Shall Be Primary

Contractor’s insurance policies, with respect to any claims related to this Contract, shall be primary with respect to all other sources of coverage available to Contractor.  Any County maintained insurance or self-insurance coverage shall be in excess of and not contribute to any Contractor coverage.

8.24.7    Waivers of Subrogation

To the fullest extent permitted by law, the Contractor hereby waives its rights and its insurer(s)’ rights of recovery against County under all the Required Insurance for any loss arising from or relating to this Contract.  The Contractor shall require its insurers to execute any waiver of subrogation endorsements which may be necessary to effect such waiver.

8.24.8    Sub-Contractor Insurance Coverage Requirements

Contractor shall include all Sub-Contractors as insureds under Contractor’s own policies, or shall provide County with each Sub-Contractor’s separate evidence of insurance coverage.  Contractor shall be responsible for verifying each Sub-Contractor complies with the Required Insurance provisions herein, and shall require that each Sub-Contractor name the County and Contractor as additional insureds on the Sub-Contractor’s General Liability policy.  Contractor shall obtain County’s prior review and approval of any Sub-Contractor request for modification of the Required Insurance.

8.24.9    Deductibles and Self-Insured Retentions (SIRs)

Contractor’s policies shall not obligate the County to pay any portion of any Contractor deductible or SIR.  The County retains the right to require Contractor to reduce or eliminate policy deductibles and SIRs as respects the County, or to provide a bond guaranteeing Contractor’s payment of all deductibles and SIRs, including all related claims investigation, administration and defense expenses.  Such bond shall be executed by a corporate surety licensed to transact business in the State of California.

8.24.10  Claims Made Coverage

If any part of the Required Insurance is written on a claims made basis, any policy retroactive date shall precede the effective date of this Contract.  Contractor understands and agrees it shall maintain such coverage for a period of not less than three (3) years following Contract expiration, termination or cancellation.

8.24.11  Application of Excess Liability Coverage

Contractors may use a combination of primary, and excess insurance policies which provide coverage as broad as (“follow form” over) the underlying primary policies, to satisfy the Required Insurance provisions. 

8.24.12  Separation of Insureds

All liability policies shall provide cross-liability coverage as would be afforded by the standard ISO (Insurance Services Office, Inc.) separation of insureds provision with no insured versus insured exclusions or limitations.

8.24.13  Alternative Risk Financing Programs

The County reserves the right to review, and then approve, Contractor use of self-insurance, risk retention groups, risk purchasing groups, pooling arrangements and captive insurance to satisfy the Required Insurance provisions.  The County and its Agents shall be designated as an Additional Covered Party under any approved program.

8.24.14  County Review and Approval of Insurance Requirements

The County reserves the right to review and adjust the Required Insurance provisions, conditioned upon County’s determination of changes in risk exposures.

At a minimum, all County service contracts should include the Commercial General Liability, Automobile Liability and Workers Compensation and Employer’s Liability insurance requirements with limits of not less than those noted below.

If you are uncertain or have questions about the appropriate types and limits of insurance coverage for your specific contract, please refer to the “Insurance Manual for Service Agreements” on the CEO website (http://riskmanagement.mylacounty.info), or contact the CEO Risk Management Branch – Risk Management Operations Section staff for assistance.

8.25    Insurance COVERAGE   

8.25.1 Commercial General Liability insurance (providing scope of coverage equivalent to ISO policy form CG 00 01), naming County and its Agents as an additional insured, with limits of not less than:

                General Aggregate: $2 million
       
                Products/Completed Operations Aggregate:  $1 million
       
                Personal and Advertising Injury: $1 million
       
                Each Occurrence:  $1 million

8.25.2 Automobile Liability insurance (providing scope of coverage equivalent to ISO policy form CA 00 01) with limits of not less than $1 million for bodily injury and property damage, in combined or equivalent split limits, for each single accident.  Insurance shall cover liability arising out of Contractor’s use of autos pursuant to this Contract, including owned, leased, hired, and/or non-owned autos, as each may be applicable.

8.25.3 Workers Compensation and Employers’ Liability insurance or qualified self-insurance satisfying statutory requirements, which includes Employers’ Liability coverage with limits of not less than $1 million per accident. If Contractor will provide leased employees, or, is an employee leasing or temporary staffing firm or a professional employer organization (PEO), coverage also shall include an Alternate Employer Endorsement (providing scope of coverage equivalent to ISO policy form WC 00 03 01 A) naming the County as the Alternate Employer, and the endorsement form shall be modified to provide that County will receive not less than thirty (30) days advance written notice of cancellation of this coverage provision.  If applicable to Contractor’s operations, coverage also shall be arranged to satisfy the requirements of any federal workers or workmen’s compensation law or any federal occupational disease law.

The Alternate Employer endorsement (above) also should be required if your department will (1) lease or rent equipment and an equipment operator is provided by the supplier, or (2) exercise control over the details of the work performed by the employees of your contractor. Please contact the CEO Risk Management Branch – Risk Management Operations Section staff if you need assistance.

One or more of the following insurance coverage(s) may also be required, depending upon the type of contracted service.  Please review and select coverage(s) as applicable.

If you are uncertain or have questions about the appropriate types and limits of insurance coverage for your specific contract, please refer to the “Insurance Manual for Service Agreements” on the CEO website (http://riskmanagement.mylacounty.info), or contact the CEO, Risk Management Branch – Risk Management Operations Section staff for assistance.

8.25.4 Unique Insurance Coverage

Sexual Misconduct Liability Coverage should be required when the contract work involves care or supervision of children, seniors and other vulnerable persons.  This may include services such as child care, foster care, group homes, emergency shelters, medical and/or mental health care service delivery, residential treatment, mentoring, schools, camp operations, school bus transport, and security services.

  • Sexual Misconduct Liability

    Insurance covering actual or alleged claims for sexual misconduct and/or molestation with limits of not less than $2 million per claim and $2 million aggregate, and claims for negligent employment, investigation, supervision, training or retention of, or failure to report to proper authorities, a person(s) who committed any act of abuse, molestation, harassment, mistreatment or maltreatment of a sexual nature. 

Professional Liability/Errors and Omissions coverage is required for medical and legal Contractors, as well as Contractors in non-traditional professions including, but not limited to accountants, appraisers, architects, billers, computer programmers, engineers, interpreters, staffing/ temporary services agencies, and consultants. NOTE: A minimum $3 million aggregate limit is recommended for medical and legal service providers. 

  • Professional Liability/Errors and Omissions

    Insurance covering Contractor’s liability arising from or related to this Contract, with limits of not less than $1 million per claim and $2 million aggregate.  Further, Contractor understands and agrees it shall maintain such coverage for a period of not less than three (3) years following this Agreement’s expiration, termination or cancellation.

Property Coverage provides protection against losses due to perils such as fire, vandalism, theft, and water damage, and is only required when a Contractor takes custody of County owned or leased property (for example, Contractor occupies a County building, or is given County computers to use at non-County locations, such as the Contractor’s business premises).

  • Property Coverage

    Contractors given exclusive use of County owned or leased property shall carry property coverage at least as broad as that provided by the ISO special causes of loss (ISO policy form CP 10 30) form.  The County and its Agents shall be named as an Additional Insured and Loss Payee on Contractor’s insurance as its interests may appear.  Automobiles and mobile equipment shall be insured for their actual cash value. Real property and all other personal property shall be insured for their full replacement value.

Crime Coverage is only required when the contracted services involve pick up, carry, guard or otherwise handle County money and securities (ex. cash, checks, warrants, bonds, vouchers), or other highly valued County property (ex. property to be auctioned).

  • CRIME COVERAGE

    A Fidelity Bond or Crime Insurance policy with limits of not less than $ [insert Dept. estimate of the probable maximum loss exposure] per occurrence.  Such coverage shall protect against all loss of money, securities, or other valuable property entrusted by County to Contractor, and apply to all of Contractor’s directors, officers, agents and employees who regularly handle or have responsibility for such money, securities or property.  The County and its Agents shall be named as an Additional Insured and Loss Payee as its interests may appear.  This insurance shall include third party fidelity coverage, include coverage for loss due to theft, mysterious disappearance, and computer fraud/theft, and shall not contain a requirement for an arrest and/or conviction.

Miscellaneous Coverage for one or more of these specialized types of insurance coverage(s) may also be required for contracted services involving unique services and/or risk exposures such as property renovations, vehicle maintenance and repair, aircraft, pollutants, watercraft, rail operations, etc.   Contact the CEO, Risk Management Branch – Risk Management Operations Section staff for assistance.

  • MISCELLANEOUS COVERAGE

    Garage, Builder’s Risk, Installation Floater, Owners and Contractors Protective Liability, Pollution (Environmental) Liability, Asbestos Liability, Railroad Protective Liability, Earthquake, Flood, Terrorism, Motor Truck Cargo Liability, Equipment Breakdown, Aircraft Liability, Marine Protection and Indemnity, Fine Art, Fiduciary.