Come payday, the only thing anyone is really looking forward to is a nice boost to their dwindling bank account. This is why, when your boss forgets to pay you, your initial reaction is probably somewhere close to pure ire.
Calm down. If your boss forgot to pay you (or just doesn't have the money), you are not without legal recourse. There are laws in every state that protect employees who are sadly disappointed come payday. Consider the following examples.
California. Employees must be paid at least twice a month -- no later than the 26th for wages earned between the 1st and 15th, and no later than the 10th of the following month for wages earned between the 16th and the end of the month. If an employer has a more frequent payroll period, employees must be paid within seven calendar days of its end.