California Labor Code section 206.5 was amended to render null and void the execution of any release on account of wages due. Employers who violate this law are guilty of a misdemeanor. The California Labor Commissioner may also issue citations pursuant to California Labor Code section 1197.1 for nonpayment of wages for overtime work. According to its supporters, the amendment targets unscrupulous employers who withhold pay until an employee acknowledges false time records.