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What is a Fidelity Bond? [Is it the same as Employee Dishonesty and Commercial Crime Coverage?]

As the owner of a business, you want to do everything within your power to ensure you staff your team with ethically upstanding employees. Unfortunately, even with extensive background checks ran on potential candidates, your business is vulnerable to theft and fraud by an employee. For this reason, business owners are recommend to get a Fidelity Bond to protect themselves and their business from loss due to an employee’s dishonest actions.

A Fidelity Bond serves as protections from losses to either your clients or you and your business if an employee steals or performs fraud.

There are 3 main types of Fidelity Bonds to consider when shopping for a policy. The type of policy you should choose depends on the coverage you want for your business.

Are you interested in recouping your loss if your employee steals from your business?

Or, are you looking to offer your customers peace of mind by having coverage to protect their belongings from theft by your employee?

Maybe you want coverage that implements both types of coverage.

We’ve detailed the different types of available Fidelity Bonds below.

Types of Fidelity Bonds:

Business Service Bond / Janitorial Bond

This type of bond protects your clients if your employee steals from them. Businesses with employees working at the client’s property, such as a cleaning or landscaping company, generally purchase this policy.

Employee Dishonesty Bond / Commercial Crime Policy

If an employee steals or embezzles from you or your business, you’ll be thankful to have this commercial crime coverage. Please note, most crime policies have a conviction clause, meaning there isn’t a payout on a claim if you don’t prosecute your employee.

Unlike the 2 Fidelity Bond types above, an ERISA Fidelity Bond isn’t optional. Plan administrators of employee benefit, pension and 401k plans must meet the bond requirement of the U.S. Department of Labor. When viewing quotes, select a minimum bond amount of $10,000 or 10% of the total value of the plan assets handled in the previous year; whichever is more.

The ERISA Bond protects the participants and beneficiaries of employee benefit, pension and 401k plans from financial loss if the plan administrator mishandles the funds. The plan administrator is responsible for repaying the surety back in full when the surety pays out on a valid claim.

Select your ERISA Bond amount to get free quotes



The plan administer may choose to purchase Fiduciary Insurance to have coverage for themselves. Fiduciary Insurance is advised optional coverage, but not a requirement.

View more information on ERISA Bonds.

Who does the policy cover?

Typically, a Fidelity Bond includes coverage for all employees within a business. However, some policies only cover specific employees, such as the Employee Dishonesty Bond / Commercial Crime Fidelity Bond.

When determining the right coverage for your business, be sure to read all the details for each type of policy.  

Individuals receiving coverage from the bond typically include:

  • Directors

     

  • Employees (Current & Former)

     

  • Members

     

  • Partners

     

  • Seasonal (temporary) Employees

     

  • Trustees

Fidelity Bond vs Surety Bond

Although not a true surety product, Fidelity Bonds are often categorized as a Surety Bond. They both provide insurance coverage, however they operate differently. Fidelity Bonds closer resemble traditional insurance policies, whereas Surety Bonds are more of a mix of insurance and a line of credit.

Surety Bonds are a 3-party contract between the principal (you), surety company and obligee (entity requiring you to have a bond). Whereas, Fidelity Bonds are typically an optional 2-party contract between the principal and the insurer.

When a claim is made on a Surety Bond, the surety investigates the claim to determine if it’s valid. The surety will pay the claimant (usually a customer of the principal) up to the full bond amount in the event of a valid claim. The principal is responsible for repaying the surety back in full. In contrast, Fidelity Bond claims are made by the principal to collect when their employee causes loss due to dishonest actions.

Learn more about Surety Bonds and the types of businesses that need them.

What happens if a claim is made?

When deciding on the type of Fidelity coverage you want for your business, it’s important to look over the details of the policy. Just as any other insurance policy, you’ll have exclusions and limitations on your coverage.

Many policies include a conviction clause, meaning a claim will not be processed unless the employee is convicted of a crime with the police. The surety company holding your bond will conduct an investigation on the claim to determine eligibility for a payout on the policy.

How much does a Fidelity Bond cost? [What is the policy premium?]

Taking into consideration the amount of coverage a Fidelity Bond provides, they are relatively inexpensive. Ultimately, Fidelity Bond cost depends on the amount of coverage you want. However, our Fidelity Bonds start as low as $100 and are renewed annually.

Where to get a Fidelity Bond

Our partnerships with industry leading surety companies allows us to offer competitive prices when quoting your bond. However, as important as securing your Fidelity Bond at a reasonable cost is, you also want to be sure you get the fidelity plan that meets your business coverage needs.

Our clients share their experience with getting their bonds below:

I bought a surety bond for my business. The name on the application has my middle name on it and the policy didn't. That would or could have created a problem. I wrote to customer service to complain. Well not complain but ask for it to be changed. Since it was Thanksgiving weekend I wasn't expecting to hear back till this week sometime. Well to my surprise it was "Very" Quickly. JD was very helpful and professional. Fixed it then contacted me with the corrected version. Couldn't be happier. " Good Business is Good Business"
Darryk C.
Darryk C.
05:17 01 Dec 20
JP M.
JP M.
01:46 04 Nov 20
Amazing customer service and friendly and informative reps.
Obsesion H.
Obsesion H.
04:45 26 Oct 20
Surety solutions handled my request for a Guardianship Bond professionally, with great care and provided great value to my family. Of all of the insurance companies I contacted for my need, Surety Solutions was by far the most responsive, courteous and knowledgeable. I very much appreciate their fine service!!
Irena S.
Irena S.
03:00 25 Sep 20
The entire staff from Jake to Katrina were more than professional and bent over backwards to meet mine and The State of California's requirements
Kirk G.
Kirk G.
19:10 23 Jun 20
This process could not have been easier! Mr. Chipman sent me an email link and I just followed the steps. I highly recommend Mr. Beau Chipman to anyone who needs this service.
Sharon H.
Sharon H.
23:29 28 Apr 20
Justin R.
Justin R.
23:53 17 Mar 20
Outstanding customer service from Jake and the other folks at Surety Solutions! Shopped my surety bond with other companies and found the best price here by far.
Doss E.
Doss E.
03:42 11 Mar 20
Ed F.
Ed F.
20:00 05 Mar 20
Excellent service, best pricing, immediate communication! Keep up such a great work!!! Thanks!!!
Oksana B.
Oksana B.
06:41 05 Mar 20
The staff is very friendly and on more than one occasion went above and beyond normal customer service to make sure that we were fully taken care of. I would highly recommend this company.
Diana F.
Diana F.
07:20 24 Feb 20
Easy to work with, and extremely fast! I would definitely recommend!
Tiara A.
Tiara A.
03:01 31 Jan 20
Very timely and professional work on providing services to our firm. We are very satisfied.
sherry N.
sherry N.
17:44 22 Jan 20
Great service. No hassle. Great communication.Thank you Cryssi for the excellent service!!!
Ivan R.
Ivan R.
23:52 08 Jan 20
Cryssi B. went above and beyond to get my bond issued in record time and delivered incredible customer service throughout the process. So impressive and refreshing. I am so grateful.
Kerri L.
Kerri L.
03:29 14 Dec 19
Absolutely great to work with!
Katrina and M.
Katrina and M.
17:11 23 Oct 19
Quick and easy process to get my notary bond. Best price and the documents arrived by mail way faster than expected. I highly recommend.
M. G.
M. G.
03:56 23 Oct 19
Great communication, fast and to the point service. Great follow up too.
Pedro R.
Pedro R.
20:58 17 Oct 19
Katrina is very fast and responsive and we got our insurance in few hours! She is the best! We will collaborate again for sure! Thank you! 🙂
Petra G.
Petra G.
16:08 10 Oct 19
They helped so much when I went to my states tag office who denied my paperwork multiple times due to the format. Surety helped me every step of the way.
Lara C.
Lara C.
07:44 23 Sep 19
Super fast and professional service. Couldn't ask for anything better. Thank you guys.
Bill The K.
Bill The K.
15:16 11 Sep 19
Surety Solutions is a fantastic company to work with. I was in a unique situation and was having trouble finding a company willing to underwrite an estate conservatorship bond for me. Surety Solutions took the time to listen to me and shopped around with their underwriters and found someone willing to underwrite the bond. Having to experience the probate system is a major headache; however, Surety Solutions makes sure the bonding portion of it does not have to be 🙂
Tommy M.
Tommy M.
02:15 04 Sep 19
My experience with Surety Solutions agent (Katrina) was professional, solution-driven and responsive throughout the whole process. From applying for a bond quote to purchasing and receiving the bond was simple and efficient. My questions were answered promptly with upbeat attitude and patience. Customer service definitely exceeded beyond my expectations. I would certainly use their service again in the future.
Susan L.
Susan L.
16:07 20 Aug 19
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Sandra L.
Sandra L.
17:10 15 Aug 19
This place was actually super helpful, and really speedy! Their blog on their page has nice, easy to follow information, and their staff are super friendly and helpful. I was looking all over for some of this information, trying to weave through weird shady looking sites, and Surety Solutions really is the one to go with. quick, clean, trustworthy, professional. Thanks for all your help!
Audrey K.
Audrey K.
06:20 27 Jul 19
Surety Solutions was able to help me secure a bond and guide me through the probate process in a very friendly and competent way. I really appreciated their speed, efficiency, and knowledge.
Shana O.
Shana O.
18:14 22 Jul 19
I made a mistake in selecting the correct bond and they fixed it with a quick call.Thanks Again!
Jason D.
Jason D.
21:45 10 Jul 19
I worked with Cryssi at Surety Solutions in order to secure a $900,000 conservator bond. Their quote was by far the best out of several companies I requested quotes through ($2,110 vs. $3,500). Cryssi was always very helpful and responded very quickly during business hours and often during after hours via email. I will continue to work with and renew with their company especially if their quotes and customer service remain this excellent. Thank you again! MikeSo just an update to my original post. It was time to renew the conservator bond this year and Cryssi at Surety Solutions made the process extremely streamlined and convenient. I received an email stating it was time to renew the bond with a link to pay online. My rate didn't change at all and it took about 30 seconds to renew my bond. This has been an easy, convenient, and one of the most affordable companies to work with. Some of the best customer service in the market which is sometimes hard to find these days! Thank you again for an affordable quote which was seamless to renew. Thank you Cryssi!
Michael B.
Michael B.
20:24 30 Jun 19
They did everything they said they would & more! Great people excellent people skills polite and quick. Noproblems
Christopher F.
Christopher F.
19:08 24 May 19
I needed a California Certificate of Title Bond so I came to there site. This company was very professional and helpful. I appreciated there live chat options. There website was easy and fast to use. I had to call in and speak to someone and he (Thomas) was very helpful and polite. Thank you guys for a great experience if I ever need another Bond I will be using your company for sure! Keep up the great customer service. Thanks again!
John P
John P
17:59 30 Apr 19
Thank you Thomas and Katrina for the superb professional, fast service you both provided me. I shopped around online for a few days comparing Bond Companies and calling asking questions, and praying. Your website is a cut above the others; your process is quick, straight forth, no tricks nor confusion, but honest online service!I received a Great Rate for my bond compared to other companies, saving me money!Thomas answered my questions upfront with patience & clarity; & Katrina was right on top of email correspondence, my invoice, I received my email bond copy in hours of applying online & hard copy I received next day!Surety Solutions of Gallagher's overall process, Thomas & Katrina made sure, my experience with them was overall stress free, affordable & outstanding!I am still amazed how fast I received my hard copy bond from the time I started to finished, and with FedEx, I had my bond, No errors in my hand the next day! I thank GOD for the stress free & excellent service I received !
Jacqueline S.
Jacqueline S.
13:41 25 Apr 19
Beau was super helpful when I had questions about buying a used car from a seller with an unusual title situation. I have not bought a used car before, so it was very reassuring to talk through my concerns about the situations and the safest ways to move forward. He thoughtfully responded to my inquiries without pestering for my contact info or trying to sell me products - such customer service is hard to find these days! Thank you!
Michael S.
Michael S.
22:52 19 Apr 19
I had been dreading the red-tape of obtaining a surety bond for a lost vehicle title. I had just obtained a quote from another company online and was not pleased with the price. Surety Solutions was less expensive---by far---and their service was outstanding: efficient and polite. The quote was obtained, approval given, and the transaction was complete in a just a couple of hours. I could not be more pleased!
kathy B.
kathy B.
22:20 15 Apr 19
Huge Kudos to Cryssi @Surety Solutions! Thank you for being so responsive and accommodating with helping me get my Bond taken care of. It was a pleasure working with you and your company!Rob with Caliber Auto Sales
ROBERT S.
ROBERT S.
02:42 12 Apr 19
Brent W.
Brent W.
20:01 11 Apr 19
It was a very easy and smooth experience. I got the bond that I needed for a competitive rate. Cryssi was great.
Sheree M.
Sheree M.
15:39 10 Apr 19
Cryssi was my rep. Responds back on a timely manner. She goes above and beyond to insure customer satisfaction! I will do business with Surety Solutions again and recommend to others! Thank you Cryssi! From Bridge City Cleaners!
kimchibator
kimchibator
23:17 02 Apr 19
Cryssi saved the day. We were finally ready to submit our DBO app and realized we had the bond created in our previous business. Expecting a significant red-tape delay, we reached out to Cryssi who managed our little crisis with not only absolute professionalism, but with expedience. She was also so personable!
Deanne R.
Deanne R.
20:31 28 Mar 19
Cryssi & Danielle are great to work with. Very responsive and solution minded. We needed to extend the dates of our coverage and paperwork to show that coverage. They responded quickly and took care of us right away. Thank you!
Mark W.
Mark W.
00:24 28 Mar 19
Working with Cryssi at Surety Solutions is fast and easy!
Love of the Magic V.
Love of the Magic V.
16:31 26 Mar 19
They are quick to help you I will say that!!
Michael L.
Michael L.
17:46 22 Mar 19
Visited and contacted several different surety bond websites prior to seeing this one. Had my bond purchased in less than 10 minutes!!!!! Spoke with Cryssi and she was very professional, answered all of my questions and had my surety bond emailed to me within an hour, will receive the original one tomorrow morning!!!!! So pleased with Cryssi and the ease of obtaining the bond. Lastly, out of all of the places I contacted, this surety bond was $75.00 less than all of the other places that I checked into.
Toni R.
Toni R.
23:26 21 Mar 19
Great Customer Service! Was able to process my request and also review great information they provide - step by step guide amazing! quick and easy- best part of dealing with Title issues- HIghly recommend
CARLOS A.
CARLOS A.
18:14 19 Mar 19
Very,Very helpful and Very,Very fast same day it was like christmas i defiinitly recomend this company
Brandon C.
Brandon C.
02:23 13 Mar 19
I've always had the best experience with this company, and often try to imitate their high level of service in my own company. Cryssi answers my questions quickly and paperwork gets mailed right away. They obviously follow an efficient system that flows throughout the organization. Highly recommend!
Laura C.
Laura C.
18:01 06 Mar 19
I HAD A GREAT EXPIRENCE WORKING WITH THEM
LG T.
LG T.
17:00 04 Mar 19
Great company, really informative and responsive. Thomas was super helpful and patient as he walked me through a million questions that I had. I dealt with a few other less helpful companies before I selected this one. Highly recommend.
Melisande A
Melisande A
17:51 01 Mar 19

We’re happy to assist you with any questions you have regarding our available Fidelity Bond products. Send us a message, email info@suretysolutions.com or call our office at (866) 722-9239 to speak with a Fidelity Bond professional.

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