In response to the Agriprocessors raid in Postville last year, the Iowa House today approved a bill to crack down on corporations and CEO’s who exploit and abuse workers.

“With an unemployment rate of 11.5 percent, families in Postville are all too familiar with the staggering cost of worker exploitation. We must hold corporations and CEO’s who break child labor laws and abuse their workers accountable. This bill is the first step in ensuring this situation never happens again in Iowa,” said State Representative John Beard of Decorah.

House File 618, which passed the House on a unanimous vote, 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.

The bill now goes to the Senate.