VMware supports employees and their families in one of the most important times in life – the adoption of a child. Adoption Leave allows you to take time off in accordance with statutory requirements so that you can take the necessary time off work to bond with your new child.
- Statutory Adoption Leave: Adoptive mothers or primary adopting parent are entitled to 24 weeks’ paid statutory Adoptive Leave and additional 2 (two) weeks paid Adoptive Leave which must be taken before the commencement of statutory leave.
- Additional Adoption Leave: You are also entitled to up to a maximum of sixteen (16) weeks of additional Adoption Leave. This additional leave must start immediately after the end of the Statutory Adoption Leave and is unpaid. In the case of foreign adoptions, some or all of the sixteen (16) weeks may be taken before the date of placement, for the purposes of familiarization with the adopted child.
While you are on Adoption Leave, you may be entitled to receive Social Welfare Adoptive Benefit  from the Department of Employment Affairs & Social Protection .
Your payment will consist of your basic salary less the Social Welfare Adoptive Benefit payment (which is deducted from your net pay). This deduction will be made regardless of whether or not you receive the Social Welfare Adoptive benefit payment.
Scheduling Adoption Leave
Discuss your Adoption Leave plans, with your manager and HR Source  [VMware network access required], at least four (4) weeks in advance. You must complete and submit the Adoption Application Form . While business requirements must be taken into consideration, your manager will work with you to ensure that work load does not restrict you from taking Adoption Leave.
If you plan to take Additional Adoption Leave, you must notify your manager and HR Source  [VMware network access required], in writing, either at the same time you notify them of your Statutory Adoption Leave or no later than four (4) weeks before the expiration of your Statutory Adoption Leave.
Returning to Work
While on Adoption Leave you should maintain open communication with your manager and HR Source  [VMware network access required]. You must notify both your manager and HR Source  [VMware network access required], in writing, at least four (4) weeks in advance of your intention to return to work.
For additional support and resources to consider with the addition of a child to your family, see the Birth or Adoption  life event page.