Suppose someone hires a worker through an online intermediary such as Fiverr to do a discrete project, such as building a website, and inadvertently sets the deadline for project completion to Shabbat, such that the worker will likely actually do the work on Shabbat. Must the hire-er try to stop the worker from working on Shabbat? What is the proper thing to do, according to halachic sources? Does it make a difference if the worker is likely to be a Jew or a non-Jew?

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    welcome to Mi Yodeya Leg ! Commented Sep 6, 2018 at 22:24
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    Welcome to MY! Your post was put on hold because it is asking for practical Halacha, which is not a question we field here; those are best asked to a competent Local Orthodox Rabbi.
    – DonielF
    Commented Sep 6, 2018 at 23:23
  • Welcome to MiYodeya. Great to have you learn with us. This site is not handling requests for halachic decisions - which is why the question was edited to make it broader. You can always edit it further or rollback the edits. Welcome again.
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    Commented Sep 7, 2018 at 3:33
  • VTC as it seems to ask for p'sak halacha.
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    Commented Sep 7, 2018 at 19:22

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If you can stop him from working on shabbat, you should do so and require that no work be done on shabbat if he's Jewish. If he is Jewish and already finished the site after the fact, contact your local orthodox Rabbi about whether it is permitted to benefit from the site.

If the worker is not Jewish, there is no need to stipulate such if he is paid per job and it was awarded to him prior to the start of shabbat and he could theoretically finish before shabbat. If the case was such that he did finish it on shabbat, it is permitted to benefit from the site since the non-Jew undertook to finish the job for his own benefit to receive payment and could have finished before shabbat(the fact that he actually finished it on shabbat was due to his own comfort and decision and not because you told him to do so on shabbat itself). See Yalkut Yosef Shabbat part 1 pg. 29 and part 2 pg. 628, and Halichot Olam part 4.

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