Paternity Leave

VMware believes that leave is an instrument of work-life balance and recognises that fathers play an important role in raising children. To support this, VMware provides Paternity Leave so that you can take the necessary time off work to bond with your new baby.


To be eligible for Paternity Leave you must be the biological father of the child or the mother’s husband or partner; and have, or expect to have, responsibility for the child’s upbringing. You must also have been employed with VMware at the time of birth.


You are eligible for up to 16 weeks Paternity Leave. All Paternity Leave must be taken within the first 12 months of the child’s birth date.

In addition, certain cases of extension to the 16 weeks period are established:

  • Extension by 1 week for each parent for each child, from the second child onwards, in the event of multiple births, adoptions or fostering
  • Extension by 1 week for each parent in case of disability of the child
  • Extension for premature birth and hospitalization (for a period of more than 7 days) immediately following childbirth, up to a maximum of 13 weeks.

At least 6 uninterrupted full-time weeks (6/16) of Paternity leave should be taken right after the child’s birth.

For the remaining 10 weeks (10/16), you can choose to take this on either a full-time or a part-time basis. If you choose to take your remaining leave on a part-time basis:

  1. the part-time basis must constitute at least 50% of your regular working hours; and
  2. be agreed with your manager; and
  3. be notified to HR Source EMEA [VMware network access required] with 15 days’ advance notice.

You can also choose to have gaps in between periods of leave for your remaining 10-week entitlement. For example, you could return to work for 2 weeks, then take 2 weeks off, then repeat this pattern 2 more times until your Paternity Leave entitlement is exhausted (i.e. your remaining 10-week entitlement). If you choose to take intermittent periods of leave in this way, you must give your manager and HR Source EMEA [VMware network access required] 15 days’ advance notice.

You can choose to take your entire Paternity Leave entitlement at the same time as the mother. Alternatively, you can take your final 10 weeks of Paternity Leave entitlement immediately after the expiry of the mother´s paid Maternity Leave period and always within the first 12 months of the child’s birth date..


The Company will top up your Paternity Benefit Payment so that you receive your full base salary for the first 5 weeks of Paternity Leave. For the remaining weeks, you will be paid Social Security Benefits  (“Paternity Benefit Payment”). Please note that entitlement to any Social Security benefits during Paternity Leave is subject to eligibility requirements under the Spanish Social Security Act or other applicable law in force from time to time.

Treatment of Bonus/Commission Plans whilst on Paternity Leave

Bonus: Please see the VMware Corporate Bonus Plan Rules.

Commission: Please see the VMware Inc, Sales and Compensation Terms and Conditions for the relevant period.

Scheduling Paternity Leave

  • You should give your Manager and HR Source EMEA[VMware network access required] at least 15-days’ advance notice of your intention to take Paternity Leave.
  • While business requirements must be taken into consideration, your manager will work with you to ensure that workload does not unreasonably restrict you from taking Paternity Leave.
  • Please email your Manager to agree on dates, then contact HR Source EMEA[VMware network access required]. HR Source EMEA [VMware network access required] will support you with queries on the benefit and will work with the responsible teams to ensure your Paternity Leave is tracked correctly.
  • You will need to contact the Social Security Office to officially apply for the local “Paternity Benefit Payment”.
  • Any balance not utilised cannot be carried forward to the following year.

For additional support and resources to consider with the addition of a child to your family, see the Birth or Adoption life event page.

Note: This information is an overview of Paternity Leave, for further information, please contact HR Source EMEA [VMware network access required].

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Last Updated: 15 Sep 2021, 2:00 PM