Chrysler Corp. has increased the number of voluntary benefit programs for its non-union salaried employees.

The new programs, which will be in effect by Jan. 1, are long-term health care insurance and group legal services.

Irv Baum, an account manager with Seabury & Smith Inc. in New York, the insurance company that will manage the plans for Chrysler, says the programs will be available to 17,000 non-union salaried employees and 12,000 non-union retirees.

Hourly workers and the organized engineering staffs are not eligible for the programs.

Employees who sign up for the programs have the premiums deducted from their paychecks.

Baum says employees do not have to submit to a medical examination for the long-term policy which will cost $6 to $7 a week; the legal plan costs about $3 to $4 weekly.

Baum says these services either are more expensive or non-existent outside of a group plan.

Baum says his company also manages voluntary auto and homeowner insurance policies for Chrysler's salaried employees.

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