Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Halocho #810 - When must one pay weekly/monthly wages

Yesterday we learned that there's a Mitzva to pay wages on time, and an Aveira to pay them late.

The same applies to daily, weekly, monthly or yearly workers:

- If pay time arrives during the day, they must be paid before sunset
- If pay time arrives at night, they must be paid during that night

If one does not have the money to pay, one loses the Mitzva, but does not transgress. However, the correct thing to do is to borrow money so as to pay wages on time.

If the local custom is not to pay immediately, or the contract stipulates that pay day will be a few days after the job is completed (or until an invoice arrives), then one does not transgress if one waited, but one does lose the Mitzva of paying on the same day.

Source: Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 185:2-3

- Danny
Tuesday, 20 Iyar 5771 - 35th day of the Omer

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