As of January 1, 2009, it is now a misdemeanor in California to require an employee to sign a release (or other document) stating that the employee has been paid for all hours worked if the employer knows that the hours listed are incorrect. See California Labor Code, Section 206.5 (as amended by AB 2075). Therefore, employers seeking a release of claims in connection with a layoff (or any employee termination) should ensure that the release is accurate if it states that the employee has worked a specified number of hours and has been paid for those hours.