In a surprise one-sided agreement, California Governor Jerry Brown, legislative leaders and labor unions agreed to increase the state minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022.  Small businesses are said to be granted an additional year to comply. The agreement resulted from discussions between the legislature, the Governor’s office and a number of labor unions, led by SEIU United Healthcare Workers West and comes against a backdrop of SEIU’s ballot initiative for which they were said to have collected sufficient signatures to put it on the November ballot.  Rather than leave the issue to the voters, Brown (who seemingly opposed the wage hike question in January), labor leaders and the legislative leadership moved ahead together to foist the increase on the business community.  No business interests were invited to participate in any of the discussions, nor were any involved at any point.   As if this increase wasn’t enough, the agreement, which is in the form of legislation (Senate 3, as amended), also provides for paid sick leave for all workers who work for the same employer for 30 days at a rate of one hour for every 30 hours worked– up to 24 hours or 3 work days.  The agreement also provides that paid sick leave can carry over from one year to the next with limits.  What impact these new mandates will have on business remains to be seen, but one restaurant analyst has already projected increased prices at QSRs and more expansive use of new technologies which will serve to reduce labor costs.