Question:

Is it permissible to hire non-Jewish employees (doing computer programming) in India engaged to any 6 days of the week if I am aware that they will most likely work on Shabbos vs work on a Sunday?

Answer:

It is permitted because the gentile has elected on his own to work, for his own benefit, therefore it is considered as if he is doing his own work and not working for you. There would however be an issue if he is doing the work on your premises, because then it looks like you told him to do it then.

Sources:

Shulchanc Aruch O:CH 244-5, 252-2, M:B 252-17.

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