Delaying Wages


Hi, Does the issur of לֹא תַעֲשֹׁק אֶת רֵעֲךָ apply to an outside of company sales agent?



  1. The prohibition of withholding wages is dependent on what kind of an arrangement there is between the Jewish employee and the Jewish employer. If the arrangement is that the employee is to be paid immediately, there is a problem with withholding their wages. If, however, the arrangement between them is that they will be paid at the end of the month or the end of the week, there is only a problem once that date for payment has passed. If the arrangement is that the employee will be paid at the conclusion of whatever they were hired to do, and there is a disagreement between the employer and the employee as to whether the work was done adequately or not, it is a little unclear as to when, exactly, the obligation begins. In such cases, it would be better to speak with a Dayan who is an expert in Choshen Mishpat for a definitive ruling.

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