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Summary Dismissal

The act of dismissing personnel immediately, usually because the person has committed some act of Gross Misconduct.

Suspension of Employment

A form of disciplinary action resulting in an employee being sent home without pay for a specified period of time.

Talent Management

Terms that describes all the ways that organisations attract, engage with, manage and motivate, encourage and reward, and train and develop employees. It is considered as a mindset that emphasised the importance of talent to organisational success.

Tangible Rewards

Rewards which can be physically touched or held (i.e. a gift certificate, gifts in the form of merchandise, or a savings bond).

Total Remuneration

The complete pay package awarded employees on an annual basis, including all forms of money, benefits, services, and in-kind payments.

Training and Development

A process dealing primarily with transferring or obtaining knowledge, attitudes and skills needed to carry out a specific activity or task.

Training Needs Analysis

A method of analysing how employee skill deficits can be addressed through current or future training and professional development programs, as well as determining the types of training/development programs required, and how to prioritise training/development.


Describes changes in the workforce resulting from voluntary or involuntary resignations.


Groups of workers who have formed incorporated associations relating to the type of work that they perform.

Unjustifiable Dismissal

The act of terminating an employee’s employment agreement for a reason that the Employment Relations Authority or Employment Court regards as unjustifiable.


The quality or state of being in good physical and mental health, especially as an actively sought goal and the result of deliberate effort.


Whistleblower protection is contained in the Protected Disclosures Act 2000. The Act provides protection to employees against retaliation for reporting illegal acts of employers. An employer may not rightfully retaliate in any way, such as discharging, demoting, suspending or harassing the whistleblower. Employer retaliation of any kind may result in the whistleblower bringing a personal grievance against the employer.