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 TOLDOS:

View Complete List

The Tragic Flaw of Brother Esau
Rabbi Label Lam - 5763

A Burning Heart
Rabbi Label Lam - 5764

A Smart Bracha
Rabbi Label Lam - 5770

ArtScroll

Surprise, Surprise!
Rabbi Dovid Green - 5762

Naturally Supernatural
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5767

"Go to Peace"
Shlomo Katz - 5758

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Shifting the Blame Game
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5773

The Spur of the Moment
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5768

Eretz Yisrael: Land of Mitzvos
Rabbi Osher Chaim Levene - 5769

> Who Cares About The Scoffers of the Generation?
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5765

Newer Than News
Rabbi Label Lam - 5769

New Week: New Blessings
Shlomo Katz - 5773

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Corruption: Are You Floating or Drowning?
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5775

A Father's Plan
Shlomo Katz - 5772

The Worst from the Best
Rabbi Label Lam - 5765

Food For Thought
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5771



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