Birth or Adoption

Congratulations! Bringing a new child into the family is an exciting time, and there’s a lot to think about. VMware provides some unique benefits and resources to help you through the process. 

Benefit Changes

Changes and elections for most of the VMware benefit plans are made at annual enrollment; however, birth or adoption is considered a qualified life event [1]. You must make changes within 60 days of the birth/adoption of your child. If you do not meet this deadline, you must wait until the next annual enrollment or if you have another qualified life event and report it within 30 days of that event. You are eligible to make the following changes:

To report the birth or adoption of your child, within 60 days of the event:

You do not need your child’s social security number to enroll him or her. If your child qualifies for a social security number, please report the information once you receive it.

Time Away

Planning time away from work to care for and bond with your child is an important consideration. In addition to vacation time, there are a number of leave options available. Be sure to review the details for eligibility requirements:

All leave requests must be made through our claims administrator, Sedgwick, by calling 1-866-251-1749.

Other Resources

Maven [19] provides on-demand virtual care, clinically informed content, and a supportive community for new and prospective parents. If you or your partner are thinking about pregnancy in the future, already pregnant, exploring fertility treatments like IVF or egg freezing, or considering adoption or surrogacy — VMware offers you free, unlimited access.

VMware provides an Adoption & Surrogacy Assistance Program [20] to help cover the costs related to adopting a child or when using a surrogate to assist in carrying and giving birth to your child.

If you are currently enrolled in the ARAG [21]legal plan, review the legal services that can assist you as you start this new chapter in your life.

The Back-Up Care Advantage Program [22] provides up to 12 uses per plan year. Be sure to sign up in advance so you are ready for the unexpected.

A Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account (DCFSA) [8] lets you pay on a pre-tax basis for expenses incurred for the care of children under age 13.

The Lyra: Coaching, Therapy, and Work Life Services [23] is available at no charge to you and helps you be at your best, physically and emotionally.

Rethink’s [24] award-winning, research-based program provides support to parents raising children with learning or behavior challenges, or developmental disabilities at no cost to you.