Bereavement Leave

VMware understands that losing a loved one can be unexpected and a difficult time in your life. Therefore, VMware provides up to twenty (20) business days of paid time off to grieve the loss of a loved one, attend funeral services, and take care of any personal matters. In addition, employees are granted up to two (2) business days for the loss of a family pet.

Following the introduction of Paid Parental Bereavement Leave legislation in the UK In April 2020, employees who lose a child under the age of 18 or through stillbirth from 24 weeks of pregnancy, are entitled to take 10 of the 20 bereavement leave days up to 56 weeks after the death of their child. These 10 days can be taken as either two blocks of one week or one block of two weeks.


All active employees, including full-time, part time, FTC, and paid interns, are eligible upon your date of hire. There is no minimum period of Company service required.


You may take Bereavement Leave for up to four (4) weeks at 100% of your base salary, for a total of twenty (20) working days in the event of death of a loved one, which is determined by employee’s own personal and familial relationships. You may take Bereavement Leave for up to two (2) business days for the loss of a family pet. For more information, please see the applicable Bereavement Leave policy [VMware network access required].

Scheduling Bereavement Leave

  • Discuss your Bereavement Leave plans, in advance, with your manager. If an absence is unexpected, you should notify your manager as soon as possible. While business requirements must be taken into consideration, your manager will work with you to ensure that your work load does not restrict you from taking Bereavement Leave.
  • Upon your return, enter your Bereavement Leave in Workday [VMware network access required].

For additional support and resources to consider with the death of a family member, see the Loss of a Loved One life event page.

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Last Updated: 1 Oct 2021, 11:53 AM