Many retailers will face rising insurance premiums under new government proposals to change the compensation scheme for victims of crime.
Last year, the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority paid out £12m in more than 3,200 awards to employees who were criminally injured at work.
But in a consultation paper, the Home Office suggested employers with over 250 staff should compensate these employees.
One option would be for victims to be assessed under CICA rules, but for employers to pay or to reimburse the authority. Employers would also have to cover the authority’s administrative costs.