I employed a garden worker from Aug 08 to Dec 2012. He paid UIF and took the occasional sick leave. On 17 Sept 12 his illness became very severe and he could not work since. I paid him sick leave from then to 27 Dec 12. About 3 months. I then informed him that I can not pay him anymore and that his sick leave is exhausted. He excepted as such. I also told him I will run with a casual for as long as I can, but can not keep his position open indefinitely. He excepted that as well. Nothing in writing.
Today his family pitched, explaining he died on Monday and demanded his 'blue card'. We explained to them that blue cards does not exist anymore. They left, saying they will be back next week. I did not speak to them, my wife did.
My question is, what happens in a case like this?
He did not bring UIF up when he was alive, as far as I know, as he never brought the form to be filled in. I took it as that he has been to Dept of Labour. Yet he was without any income from 27 Dec 12 till he died, just short of 3 months.
Does the family now have a claim to UIF?
Am I responsible for anything?