Presently Federal Minimum Wage is $7.25 an hour. California minimum wage is $9.00 an hour. If Obama is successful in raising Federal Minimum Wage to $10.25 an hour for all employees, the Federal Minimum Wage will be higher than California’s minimum wage.
Generally, Federal Labor Laws provide lesser protection than California labor laws. The theory is Federal Labor Laws are designed to provide the most minimal protection while states are allowed to provide greater protection of employees under their state labor laws . Next year, California minimum wage will be $10.00 an hour for those who are not employed in cities with their own minimum wage such as San Francisco. Additionally, employees at some government owned facilities enjoy special minimum wages such as workers at certain airports. Also worth mentioning, construction workers on government construction projects receive mandatory prevailing wages which are always significantly higher than minimum wage.