VMware supports employees and their families in one of the most important times in life – the birth or adoption 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 baby.
All Regular full-time female employees are entitled to Maternity Leave in accordance with the Maternity Benefits Act.
- First and second child: The maximum period for which an employee is entitled to maternity benefit is 26 weeks for the first 2 child birth/delivery, of which not more than eight weeks shall precede the date of the expected delivery.
- More than two children: The Maternity benefit for subsequent births or adoptions will be capped at 16 weeks.
Maternity Leave is paid at the average daily rate for the days the employee has worked in the three months prior to the first day of leave.
Adoption or Surrogate Leave Entitlement
Employees who legally adopt a child below the age of three months or who are a commissioning mother shall be entitled to a Maternity Benefit for a period of 26 weeks from the date the child is placed with the adopting mother or the commissioning mother. A commissioning mother is a biological mother who uses her egg to create an embryo implanted in any other woman.
In the event of a miscarriage, up to 6 weeks of paid leave will be granted immediately following a miscarriage, subject to production of a certificate from a registered medical practitioner. Employee may avail local miscarriage leave or global bereavement leave  and not both.
Scheduling Maternity Leave
- Maternity Leave must be discussed with your manager no later than the sixth month of your pregnancy. You must inform both your immediate manager and your Human Resources representative in writing, of how and when you would like to utilize your Maternity Leave entitlement.
- After your manager has been notified, please submit the duly filled in FORM A  via scan copy with an approval email from your manager along with the start date of your maternity leave to HR Source  [VMware network access required].
Note: Refer to sample Form A  which has instructions to fill the form.
Returning to Work
While on Maternity Leave, you should maintain open communication with your manager. VMware will assume that you wish to return to work at the end of your Maternity Leave period. However, you should contact HR Source  [VMware network access required] towards the end of your leave to confirm your return to work.
Flexible Work Arrangements
Employee returning from maternity leave can discuss flexible work arrangements with the manager.
For additional support and resources to consider with the addition of a child to your family, see the Birth or Adoption  life event page.