VMware supports employees and their families in one of the most important times in life – the birth of a child. Maternity Leave allows mothers to take time off 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 female Costa Rica employees are eligible for Maternity Leave.
If you become pregnant, you have the right to paid Maternity Leave, one (1) month before and three (3) months after your due date, in accordance with your physician’s orders. If your child is not born alive or dies within the first month after its birth, the leave is reduced to half the time, as evidenced by a medical certification issued by the Costa Rican Social Security Institution (Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social – CCSS).
In the case of multiple births, Maternity Leave will be extended one (1) month for each child born, after the period ended pre-and post-delivery. This additional leave will be extended monthly according to the number of babies born. If the babies pass away or when gestational age is greater than thirty-six (36) weeks, the license will remain for the entire period.
While on leave issued by the CCSS, you will receive half of your salary from the company, and the other half will be paid by the CCSS.
Scheduling Maternity Leave
- Inform your manager of your pregnancy and your Maternity Leave plans as soon as reasonably possible. This will allow adequate time for the proper arrangements to be made prior to your leave period.
- Open an HR Source ticket  [VMware network access required] including the medical certificate provided by the clinic affiliated with the CCSS, which must state that you are expected to give birth within five (5) weeks of the issuance of the document. The document should include your expected Maternity Leave start and end dates. If your baby arrives before your Maternity Leave is scheduled to start, please provide HR Source  [VMware network access required] with an updated medical certificate issued by the clinic affiliated with the CCSS.
Returning to Work
While on Maternity Leave, you should maintain open communication with your manager. Once you return to work, open an HR Source ticket  [VMware network access required] confirming your leave end date return to work date.
If you are still nursing after your return to work, you have the right, during working hours and in the workplace, to use two (2) periods comprised of thirty (30) minutes or four (4) periods of fifteen (15) minutes to breastfeed your child. If both you and your manager agree, instead of using the separate periods to breastfeed your child, you may be allowed to report to work one (1) hour after regular start time, or leave one (1) hour before the end of your regular workday. Once your nursing period has begun, it is important that you submit proof of nursing to HR Source  [VMware network access required]. If you do not provide the proper documentation your nursing period will end.
For additional support and resources to consider with the addition of a child to your family, see the Birth or Adoption  page.