In light of the Agriprocessors raid in Postville last year, the Iowa House has begun work on a bill to crack down on corporations and CEO’s who exploit and abuse workers.

“Over the last year, we’ve seen the devastating impact unscrupulous employers who abuse their workers can have on a community. It’s essential that we hold CEO’s who break our child labor laws accountable and prevent this situation from happening again,” said State Representative John Beard of Decorah.

House Study Bill 63, which was approved by the House Labor Committee on Tuesday, will punish CEO’s who break child labor laws with up to a year in jail and a $10,000 fine. The bill also raises the fines from $100 to $500 for each instance that employers fail to pay employees.

“I’m committed to helping the Postville community recover and I never want to see this situation happen again in Iowa. I’m hopeful the House will approve that bill and will work with my colleagues in the Senate to get this bill to the Governor’s desk,” added Beard.