New California Law: Limit on Wage and Hour Releases

The Governator signed another employment law. This one's called AB 2075, which modifies Labor Code section 206.5. already prohibits releases of any claim for wages unless payment has been made. The new subsection (b) will define "release" to include

requiring an employee, as a condition of being paid, to execute a statement of the hours he or she worked during a pay period which the employer knows to be false.

If your organization requires employees to certify their hours before you pay them to avoid later wage claims, you may wish to take a look at your practices. This law will take effect 1/1/09.