I looked and looked for a thread on this, so forgive me if I missed it...
I am currently a job seeker, and today a recruiter told me that California state law prevents them from paying a "base rate" below $60/hr. Yes, BELOW. Sounds too good to be true to the uninitiated, but what it means to those of us in the contracting world - and this is a contract position, at a location greater than 50 miles from my permanent residence - is less take home after all is said and done.
The "pay rate" is $75/hr, with per diem at $15/hr, and "base rate" at $60/hr.
I am arguing for the maximum per diem allowable, as given by the GSA... $33/hr, and a "base rate" of $42/hr, which gives me a greater take home than a 15/60 split.
I couldn't find any state law indicating a "standard rate" that cannot be gone below. In fact I just finished a job in the same county as the prospective job, that paid maximum per diem. And this has been the case for the total (7) years I have been contracting.
The recruiter of course could not provide a citation for the law supporting his case. I was going to ask him why bother to ask me what rate I am looking for, when he is going to offer something below it.