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Giving commission to the employees

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Giving commission to the employees

Question:

Is a gift presented by a boss to his employees due to his devotion in working is included in bribery, since the value of the gift is higher than the employee’s salary?

The answer of Sheikh Ibn Uthaymeen:

No, it is not considered as bribery as long as it is used to motivate the employees to work at their best. But if the employee refused to accomplish his task unless he is given a gift, then such gift in this condition is a form of bribery. Such gift is unlawful for the employee because it is given so that he perform his obligatory task appropriately. Whereas the principle in this affair is that one is not allowed to ask or to receive a gift in order to accomplishing his obligation.

There are two kinds of gift or commission for employees that must be differentiated:

The first is a gift presented in order to motivate them to keep or even increase their good works.
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