Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
 
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

Paying on Time1 Part 18

Last week we discussed how bal tolin applies to paying child workers as well as adults. Another issue in which bal tolin is relevant is paying the exact amount owed. If the employer owes a certain amount of money, he may not round down that amount unless he obtains the specific consent of the worker. For example, an employer owed his worker $154.25; he wrote a check of $154, rounding down the 25 cents and the worker took the check but never said he agreed to the reduction. In such a case the employer has transgressed no less than six Torah commandments.

Another common situation in which bal tolin can easily be transgressed; after the work has been completed the employer might feel he owes less money than was originally agreed to; accordingly, he may try to pay less to the worker hoping that the worker does not object. Such behavior is forbidden from the Torah, even if he reduces the payment by a tiny amount.


1. Much of the information for this essay is taken from "Halachos of Other People's Money" by Rabbi Yisroel Pinchos Bodner.


Text Copyright 2009 by Rabbi Yehonasan Gefen and Torah.org

Visit Rabbi Gefen's new blog at rabbiygefen.blogspot.com.

Rabbi Gefen's new book, The Guiding Light, is now available! To order, please contact Rabbi Gefen at Gefen123@smile.net.il or 00972 52 761 9935.


 

ARTICLES ON EMOR AND THE OMER:

View Complete List

Mitzvah-Watch
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5760

Not Free Yet
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5763

Whose Holiday?
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5757

> Superhuman Strength
Rabbi Label Lam - 5769

The Exclusion of Exclusive
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5761

Holy Priests
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5771

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Extremism - Taking Things Too Far
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5763

Customs Going Back To The Days of Pharisees and the Sadducees
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5768

The Counting of the Omer
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5755

ArtScroll

Son of a Gaon
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5758

Congratulations, But...
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5764

My Responsibility in MY World
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5757

Looking for a Chavrusah?

A Lasting Impression
Rabbi Label Lam - 5766

Significance of the Omer
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5757

Leaders with Personal Lives
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5767

Strength Like That!
Rabbi Label Lam - 5767



Project Genesis

Torah.org Home


Torah Portion

Jewish Law

Ethics

Texts

Learn the Basics

Seasons

Features

TORAHAUDIO

Ask The Rabbi

Knowledge Base




Help

About Us

Contact Us



Free Book on Geulah!




Torah.org Home
Torah.org HomeCapalon.com Copyright Information