VMware provides Maternity Leave in accordance with statutory requirements so that you can take the necessary time off work to recover and to bond with your new baby.
All regular, female employees who are pregnant or have recently given birth are eligible for Maternity Leave.
You are entitled to eight (8) weeks of leave before and eight (8) weeks of leave after childbirth. You may be eligible for other leaves in addition to Maternity Leave. Review the Parental Leave  page for more information.
For the duration of the period in which you are not allowed to work you may claim maternity benefits from the statutory health insurance. The maternity benefit is designed to fully compensate for the loss of earnings. To calculate the amount of maternity benefit, net earnings over the last three (3) months are taken as a basis. The maternity allowance for freelance employees and employed persons receiving less than the low income threshold is fixed.
Scheduling Maternity Leave
You should inform your manager and HR Source  [VMware network access required] of your pregnancy as soon as reasonably possible, so that proper arrangements can be made prior to your leave period.
Returning to Work
While on Maternity Leave you should maintain open communication with your manager and HR Source  [VMware network access required]. VMware will assume that you wish to return to work at the end of your Maternity Leave period however; you must contact HR Source  [VMware network access required] towards the end of your scheduled Maternity Leave to confirm and arrange your return to work or to schedule unpaid Parental Leave .
For additional support and resources to consider with the addition of a child to your family, see the Birth or Adoption  life event page.