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Poel yachol lachzor aphilu ad chatzi yom. A worker can backout even mid-day. You can't buy people. However you may be able to withold wages, even beyond the missed time. checkout the 6th perek of bava metziah


Let's call it "very strongly discouraged." If they were all-out prohibited, the Torah wouldn't have a procedure for them. There was a point when Jewish law would demand an oath in financial proceedings (e.g. "I was supposed to watch your cow and I swear I didn't abuse it in any way, it was hit by a lightning bolt"), but we try to avoid those today whenever ...

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