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  1. Gove’s changes to teachers’ contracts rejected by review body – Michael Gove suffered a major setback on Thursday to his plans for sweeping changes to teachers’ contracts to allow them to work longer hours. The Education Secretary wanted to jettison clauses in their contracts – setting limits on the number of hours and days they worked in a year, giving them time off from the classroom for marking and preparation and restricting the time they had to cover for absent and ill colleagues (The Independent)
  2. Sacked CTO John Linwood takes legal action against the BBC over failed DMI – Sacked CTO John Linwood is taking legal action against the BBC over his involvement in the broadcaster’s failed £100 million Digital Media Initiative (DMI). The revelation forms part of Linwood’s written evidence to MPs on the Public Accounts Committee, in which he defends his involvement in the project and claims that the core reason for its failure was the BBC changing its mind about DMI’s direction after millions of pounds had already been invested in technology (Computer World UK)
  3. Sellafield ordered to compensate bipolar man – Sellafield has been ordered to pay £22,431 compensation after refusing to employ a man with bipolar disorder. Steven Larg (CORR) was one of 7,000 people who applied for 200 operatives vacancies at Sellafield in 2012, and was successful in getting through to the final stages of the recruitment process where he was given a conditional job offer (In Cumbria)
  4. Burglars and thieves no longer need to give full details of criminal pasts to employers – Burglars and thieves will no longer have to tell employers about their criminal past when they apply for jobs, ministers have said. Currently anyone who has served a sentence of six months or less has to declare their criminal history going back seven years. Under the changes, they will only have to disclose any convictions going back two years (The Telegraph)
  5. Memo tells MPs how not to pay interns – A memo has been sent to Conservative MPs advising them on how to avoid having to pay interns. The document says it is wise to avoid certain words and phrases in job adverts in case they create “potentially hostile” situations with unpaid staff (The Independent)
  6. Barclays to axe up to 12,000 jobs – Barclays is to cut as many as 12,000 jobs this year, of which more than half will come from redundancies of UK-based staff as the bank attempts to reduce costs. The bank said the redundancies would include 820 senior managers, consisting of 220 managing directors and 600 director-level employees, as part of what the lender described as a “streamlining” programme (The Telegraph)
  7. Garbhan Downey loses unfair dismissal case – The sacked director of communications and marketing for Londonderry’s Culture Company has lost an industrial tribunal for unfair dismissal. Garbhan Downey was sacked for gross misconduct in January 2013 (BBC)
  8. Council boss steps aside from post for police investigation – Mark James, the chief executive of Carmarthenshire County Council, has agreed to step down from his job temporarily while police carry out an investigation following two Wales Office reports that say he received unlawful payments from the authority (Wales Online)
  9. Public sector’s use of compromise agreements branded ‘outrageous’ – The use of compromise agreements and special severance payments to terminate employment in the public sector is “simply outrageous”, a parliamentary watchdog says. The Public Accounts Committee accused public sector organisations, such as the NHS, of covering up failure through the use of confidentiality clauses in compromise agreements (The Information Daily)
  10. Fatcat bankers’ bonuses should be deferred to prevent risks being taken in city says Bank of England chief – City bonuses should be held back “for a very long time” to stop rogue bankers pocketing millions from risky deals that go bad, Bank of England chief Mark Carney said today. Mr Carney said the country had seen too many fatcat bankers getting rich by taking risks with other people’s money (The Mirror)

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