In the USA almost all workers
are paid every two weeks including management. In Commonwealth countries
most workers are paid monthly, normally shortly before the end of the month
(such as on the 25th), so they can pay their month end bills.
Salary increases in the USA are
called getting a "raise", while in the UK it is called getting a "rise".
The pink slip...
Getting fired in the USA is a lot easier than Commonwealth countries. For a
country that expresses a support of human rights the USA is a long way
behind the stringent labor laws protecting the rights of employees in
Commonwealth countries. In the Commonwealth employees can only be summarily
dismissed for provable dishonesty. Being discharged for inefficiency or bad
work mostly needs to be supported by a rigmarole of verbal and several
written warnings all of which have to relate to similar offences all within
a specific period, normally six months. Even then this can be overturned by
a smart labor attorney resulting in back pay and reinstatement - kinda
opposite to the sue society of America where one would expect such civil
protection. For instance one of my bosses in the USA got layed off after 27
years service and only received 2 weeks notice!