Chemical Banking Corp. is making amends to some employees who were nearly eligible for retirement benefits when they were laid off because of Chemical's merger with Manufacturers Hanover Corp.

In a letter to more than 50 employees laid off between July 15 and Dec. 31, 1991, Chemicals offered to increase the value of accrued pension benefits by 10% and to extend free life insurance benefits. The benefits match those given several hundred people who participated in a voluntary retirement program this year.

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