Parental Leave

Parental Leave

Global Paid Parental Leave (GPPL) [VMware network access required]

VMware recognizes the importance and value of its employees’ family lives and seeks to provide a family-friendly environment that is supportive of working parents. VMware provides Maternity Leave in accordance with our Global Paid Parental Leave (GPPL) program so you can have the necessary time off work to recover and bond with your baby.


Permanent full-time and part-time employees of VMware, who are legal parents of the child on the date of birth or placement for adoption, are eligible from the date of employment with VMware.

If your child was born prior to March 1st 2022, please note that the previous leave policy applies. To understand your entitlements under the previous leave policy please contact HR Source [VMware network access required].

In the event of miscarriage/loss of pregnancy, employee may avail local miscarriage leave or global bereavement leave and not both.


You are entitled to receive up to eighteen (18) weeks of leave, inclusive of the statutory pre-natal period, to be utilized within 12 months from the date of birth or legal adoption of the child. In accordance with Employment New Zealand requirement, the start date of parental leave for the pregnant person should be on the date of birth of the child or up to six (6) weeks before the expected date of birth. For adoption, the leave will start on the date of placement of the child.

The eighteen (18) weeks are to be taken in units of weeks and can be used all at once or divided up into a maximum of three (3) separate blocks, which do not have to be equal. Any balance of leave not utilized in the twelve (12) months from the date of the new child’s birth or legal adoption placement will be forfeited and cannot be carried forward.

Note: GPPL time off will run concurrently with other leave time available, if any, under the local statutory laws i.e. the paid portion of your leave is in addition to any government benefits provided. To determine if you are eligible for government benefits, you should consult Employment New Zealand website.


Eligible employees will be paid at 100% of your base salary rate or, for commissioned employees, on target earnings (OTE) for a maximum of eighteen (18) weeks. If you have any questions regarding your Sales compensation plan, please contact the commissions team

Government Paid Parental Leave


You are eligible for 26 weeks of paid parental leave from the government based on prevailing legislation, for each pregnancy or adoption of a child. To determine if you are eligible for government benefits, you should consult Employment New Zealand website. Government Parental Leave is only available to you if you have or will have primary responsibility for the care of the child.

You may be able to get preterm baby payments in addition to parental leave payments if:

  • you are caring for a baby who was born live before the end of 36 weeks’ gestation, and
  • you are eligible for parental leave payments.

Interaction with Paid Paternity/Partner Leave

If the father/partner becomes the primary carer and applies for Parental Leave, relevant local legislation will be applicable. Please consult Employment New Zealand website for more information.

Keeping in Touch Days

Keeping in Touch Days allow those on parental leave to come back to work from time to time as long as:

  • You only do a total of 64 hours or less of paid work during the parental leave period, and
  • This work is not within the first 28 days after the time of childbirth/adoption

A Keeping in Touch Day may include:

  • Attending a planning day
  • Attending a training
  • Attending a conference
  • Attending a team-building event

Both you and your manager must agree on your Keeping in Touch days at work.  If you utilize your Keeping in Touch Days, you will be paid at your base salary rate and will accrue leave entitlements for the days worked.

Employees getting a preterm baby payment may work on keeping in touch days during the preterm baby payment period for up to a total of 3 hours multiplied by the number of weeks that the employee is receiving payment.

Scheduling Parental Leave

  •  Please contact your manager and discuss your Parental Leave request. Employees should provide twelve (12) weeks written notice stating the expected date of commencement of leave, period of leave, and expected date of return to work in accordance with Employment New Zealand requirement.
  • Once you have approval, contact HR Source [VMware network access required] who will support you with queries on the benefit and will work with the responsible teams to ensure your Parental Leave is tracked correctly.

Returning to Work​

Written confirmation of the date you plan to return to work is required twenty-one (21) days beforehand. Upon your return to work you are entitled to the position you held immediately prior to your Parental Leave.  If that position is unavailable (e.g. no longer exists) you are entitled to return to an available position for which you are qualified and suited, and which is nearest in status and pay to the pre-Parental Leave position.

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

Contact Us

Contact HR Source [VMware network access required]
ASK HR [VMware network access required]
Phone: 1-888-869-2738

Last Updated: 15 Mar 2022, 6:51 AM