In Murphy v. Kenneth Cole Productions, Inc., ___ Cal.4th ___ (Apr. 16, 2007), the Supreme Court unanimously held that the extra hour of pay is a wage, not a penalty, and that the three-year statute of limitations therefore applies. This is a huge win for the employees.
The Court's opinion in Fireside Bank v. Superior Court, ___ Cal.4th ___ (Apr. 16, 2007), requires further analysis, but a quick read suggests another win for the plaintiffs. The class certification order was affirmed, and it looks like they will have a chance to move for summary adjudication again, after notice has been given to the class. I will put up more on this case after I've had a chance to review it in greater detail.