The papers will be published simultaneously. One discusses Britain's position on the European Acquired Rights Directive and the other deals with employee consultation in collective redundancies.
A DTI official said the paper on redundancies would probably suggest a reduction in the 20-person threshold required for staff consultation.
This could be changed with regulations as early as spring, which would closely follow the government's planned white paper on fairness at work. 'There is definitely political will there to do something about these,' the spokesman said.
The consultation paper on TUPE will discuss the EC's proposed revisions and invite 'helpful amendments which could be made'.
Local Government Management Board employers' secretary Charles Nolda said the board already advised councils to consult staff in all redundancies as good management practice.