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You shall not abuse a needy and destitute laborer, whether a fellow countryman or a stranger…You must pay him his wages on the same day…for he is needy and sets his life on it; else he will cry to God against you and you will incur guilt.  (Deut. 24:14-15)

Keeping the salary of a worker is like taking his/her life, and transgresses five negative commandments and one positive command.  Shulhan Arukh (Hoshen Mishpat 339:2)