FAQ: Annual Review of Employment Law 2021
Please note to book your place on this event please go to the registration page.
We've answered the most frequently asked questions regarding this year's Annual Review of Employment Law conference below. If you have a question that hasn't been answered our Events Team is on hand to help at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Using the Online Platform
This event will be hosted on a browser based platform named Hopin. We have provided some information below to assist you when accessing the event:-
- If you are using a Laptop. PC or Apple Mac please use Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox browsers
- The latest version of Edge may be used as long as all recent updates have been made within the last 4 weeks
- If you are using a mobile device then Safari is recommended for IOS and Google Chrome on Android
We understand that some IT policies may restrict the downloading of new browsers, please check and if this is the case you may have to use your own personal device to access the event.
Q. Do I have to download any software?
No - unlike other platforms, Hopin does not require you to download anything. The platform runs in the browsers Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. It will not work on Internet Explorer.
Q. What happens if my computer blocks this website?
If you are using a company connection, please check with your IT department that there are no firewalls blocking your access to Hopin. We would advise asking them to whitelist Hopin on the system to avoid any problems. Should any issues arise, a personal device & connection can be a handy backup for accessing the event.
Q. Can I use any browser on my computer to attend this event as I’m only allowed to use a certain browser at work?
Please use Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox to access Hopin correctly. Unfortunately, Hopin is not supported on Internet Explorer. Microsoft Edge may work if it has been updated within the last 6 weeks.
Q. I’m a bit of a technophobe, will there be any support for me on the morning or during the day from Legal Island?
Absolutely, we have a full legal island team within the event to help your experience with us go smoothly. Tech support will be available via email, telephone and live chat, both before and during the event. If you have any queries now, please email email@example.com
Q. How do I access the event?
All delegates will be emailed the joining instructions via email 1 week before the event, with reminder emails sent again the day before and 1 hour before the event goes live! Step by step instructions will be sent out prior to the event in a digital guide, these will include video demos on how to register and a full platform demo so you can get to know your way around before the day!
Q. Can I practice getting into the event before the day to make sure it all works?
You can register any time in advance of the event and visit the link to get a feel of the platform. However, the event will only be live from 9.15am on the day of the event, so you will not have access to the event features before this.
Q. I might have to work from home that day, can I join on my home computer and personal email or does it have to be in work?
If you will be accessing the event from a different email address, please let us know as soon as possible so we can ensure that you are registered with the new email in advance of the day. You will be able to join on a personal device no problem once you are registered.
Cameras & Microphones
Q. Can I turn off my camera and sound if I am working from home as my children might be in the house /room?
Attendee cameras and microphones will be disabled by default during sessions, to reduce interruptions. You will have the option to turn these features on and make the most of them during the networking and exhibitor areas - however this is completely optional.
Q. What if I accidently unmute my microphone will everyone hear me instead of the speaker?
No, when entering the event, you will enter sessions as a watcher, you will not be able to turn on your microphone or camera at all unless you enter the networking area.
Q. I don’t have a webcam on my computer do I need one?
To have the best digital event experience throughout the day, we do recommend that you have a functioning microphone and webcam on your device, or an external one that you can plug in so you can join the networking area.
Programme & Asking Questions
Q. Is the same content repeated on day 1 and day 2 or are they different?
Day 1 and day 2 will feature different sessions and speakers. Booking your place onto the event will give you access to both day 1 and 2, there are no individual day tickets. However, if you miss any sessions or can’t make it to one of the days, all session recordings will be emailed to you after the event.
Q. Do I get to choose the sessions I attend or do they get allocated to me?
Sessions will run twin track on both days, just as though we are back in the main room and parallel room in the in-person venues! You will be able to choose which sessions to attend as usual, however one great advantage of digital events is that you will be able to catch up on any sessions you missed by watching the recordings after the event – best of both worlds! At the end of each session chairs will announce the sessions and speaker coming up next in both streams giving delegates adequate time to decide and move between streams.
Q. Can I start a session and if I don’t like it leave and pop into the other parallel running one?
Yes! If you decide a session’s not for you, you can easily switch to the session running parallel by leaving that session and joining the other without causing any interruption.
Q. Can I still ask the speaker a question?
Yes, please do! If you have a question for the speakers, you will be able to use the session chat tab on the right-hand side of the screen to submit your question. Each session has its own live chat function to engage the audience during the talk. Please feel free to ask questions, comment on the session or just leave a message for the speaker or the group. Questions will be answered either in session or during panel Q&A.
Networking & Exhibition Areas
Q. Will there be exhibitors?
Yes! The exhibitor area is the virtual exhibitor hall with all the exciting vendor booths available to meet at the event. You can visit the booths during the breaks, via the exhibitor tab. By clicking onto the booth, you can learn more about the company or chat with them directly. As well as this, there are brilliant prizes to be won so make sure you visit as many as you can!
Q. Every year I meet other HR colleagues – will I be able to connect with them on the day?
Of course! If you would like to network and chat to other delegates directly at any time during the event, please feel free to direct message using the chat tab. To engage with all participants or start group discussions you can use the event chat tab, here everyone can see your messages and respond. The networking area is a brilliant place to make new connections – so please be sure to pay it a visit!
Q. Can I network at the event?
Yes – we would love to see you! The networking area on Hopin is the place to go to meet one-on-one with others. The feature is designed to recreate the 'coffee-in-the-lobby' conversations that are a key part of an in-person event. When you participate in networking, you will be matched on a facetime style call with another attendee, exhibitor or speaker for three minutes. In other words, networking roulette! Please rest assured you can leave a call at any time and have the option to click 'connect' to exchange contact information before you lose them after your time is up.
Notes and Recordings
Q. Do I still get my notes?
Of course! It wouldn’t be an annual review without the big delegate pack. You will receive comprehensive online notes pack with notes for each session, practical templates, precedent and checklist documents, session slides plus a link to all of the recordings - including bonus sessions! Notes will be emailed out to delegates in a digital format for you to view, download or print and make your notes on.
Q. Will I receive the notes & recordings of the other sessions?
Yes! All delegates will receive the recordings and notes for all sessions. Recordings will be made available within 4 working days, and you will have access to them for one month.
Q. Will I receive a certificate of attendance?
All delegates will receive a CPD certificate confirming their attendance at the event once it has passed. Up to 13 hours of CPD hours are available from this event – this would include all missed recordings being watched afterwards and Q&As. Please note, this is the maximum available and your hours will depend on your activity during and after the event.
If you have a question that hasn't been answered our Events Team is on hand to help at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note to book your place on this event please go to the registration page.
To view the programme visit the registration page here.
"This was my first year attending the conference so I have nothing to compare it with, but I was absolutely blown away by how easy the event was to navigate and transition from session to break to session was seamless. What I liked most was the fact that notes were available to print beforehand, the knowledge that we will be able to play back the recordings and the ease and comfort of attending from your own home or usual workspace."
Rachel Bradford, HR Officer, Alucraft Limited
"Best virtual conference I have attended."
Orla Mulqueen, Head of HR, TII
"Thought it was excellent to be honest. Don't believe there is anything that I missed out had it been on as normal."
Richard O'Boyle, Associate Director HR, AbbVie
"The digital platform was excellent. The exceptional standard of guest speakers and chairpersons and the opportunity interact in the chat section. The Legal Island Team were absolutely fabulous at managing the whole event - well done."
Elizabeth Kingston, Consultant, HR Coaching Solutions
"Content and calibre of speakers across the board was outstanding."
Therese Holland, HR Consultant
"It was so well organised; I didn't know what to expect but it surpassed all my expectations. Very well run."
Louise Magee, Senior HR Manager, SITA
"It was very well run. I enjoyed seeing the comments from the other delegates. The speakers were very engaging and engaged with the delegates throughout. I also thought the networking forum was a great idea. 3 minutes was just right, plus the ability to DM the speakers and other delegates at the conference was very useful."
Ann-Marie Gallagher, HR Executive, Department of Public Expenditure and Reform
"Really good couple of days. Presentations were brilliant and very topical. Liked the fact that most of the questions were answered also."
Catherine Carroll, People Director, Collinson
"Excellent course. The speakers were brilliant delivering very relevant and useful information!"
Megan Airey, HR Generalist, Aperee Ltd
"Hopin as an online platform was user friendly and it was brilliant in how 'Main Stage' and 'Rooms' were easily accessed for viewing. Networking option was also a brilliant idea. In some way, it was like being in the hotel for the actual event as the virtual event gave that feeling. The group discussions were good to hear different views and ideas. Content from each speaker was relevant and up-to-date. It was lovely to see comments from others, where similarities could be seen."
Christina Fagan, HR Generalist, Commission for Regulation of Utilities
Events Team Legal Island
Since 1998 our Events Team have welcomed thousands of HR professionals and consultants to our conferences and workshops across the Island of Ireland. Each conference or workshop we run is delivered by expert employment lawyers and HR practitioners, and comes with detailed accompanying notes for reference when you're back in the office.
We are on hand to assist with any questions or queries you may have regarding this year's Annual Review of Employment Law team, feel free to email us at email@example.com.