Maybe it’s the sunshine, or the “healthy living”, but mandated sick leave is spreading to more communities in the Golden State as next month three major municipalities will foist the mandated benefit onto private employers beginning July 1.  The state of California began mandating paid sick leave one year ago – after meeting a 30 day employment threshold, all workers must be given three days paid sick leave annually.  This year, the parade began back in March when the City of Santa Monica passed a minimum wage law that also mandated additional paid sick leave.  Effective July 1, employees of companies with 26 or more workers will receive 9 paid sick days (3 times the state minimum) while those working for employers with fewer than 26 employees must get 5 paid sick days – all on top of increases to the city minimum wage on the way to $15/hour in 2020.  Next comes the City of Angels, where Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti signed an ordinance into law on June 2 that takes effect July 1.  For companies with at least 26 employees, it requires they be given 6 paid sick days per year (double the state minimum) – again, coupled with a local minimum wage increase on its way to $15 by 2020.  And then, San Diego voters approved the San Diego Earned Sick Leave and Minimum Wage Ordinance on June 7, making it effective July 1 as well.  The San Diego law does not cap the amount of paid sick leave employees can earn – it is strictly based on hours worked – one hour leave for every 30 hours worked.  In addition, there is no prohibition on carry-over of unused sick time, meaning that employees can continue to build their unused sick leave bank and are only limited in that they cannot take more than 40 paid sick leave per year.  And, of course the ordinance increases the local minimum wage as well.  California now “boasts” six cities where the government mandates the benefits that private employers must provide.  As to the sugary drink tax issue, last week we told you the court enjoined the San Francisco health warning mandate on sugary drinks, so this week, the Board of Supervisors upped the ante by putting the sugary drink tax question back on the San Francisco ballot for November.