Parental Leave

VMware supports employees and their families in one of the most important phases of life, the birth or placement for adoption of child(ren).


All active employees of VMware on the date of the birth or placement for adoption are eligible. There is no minimum period of company service required. No birth or adoption event will be eligible, if it happened before VMware date of hire.


If you had your baby on or after 1 July 2018, you can get 22 weeks of paid parental leave from the government. If your baby is due on or after 1 July 2020, you can get 26 weeks of paid parental leave from the government.

– This leave is normally taken at the time of childbirth/adoption. Employees should discuss their                   needs with their manager

  • Eligible employees must take the Company paid parental leave consecutively within 52 weeks following the birth or adoption with the approval of their manager
  • VMware paid Parental Leave and paid Partner Leave cannot be accrued and any remaining Company Parental Leave at the end of the 52 weeks will be forfeited.

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

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 52 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.

Interaction with Paid Paternity/Partner Leave

VMware provides fathers/partners with 4 weeks’ paid leave in accordance with the New Zealand Paid Paternity / Partner Leave Policy. If the father/partner becomes the primary carer and applies for Parental Leave, the relevant employee can only take up to 16 weeks’ company paid parental leave in total, inclusive of the 4 weeks of paid Paternity / Partner Leave.

Scheduling Parental leave

  • Notify your manager

Please contact your manager and discuss your Parental Leave request. Employees should provide ten (10) weeks written notice stating the expected date of commencement of leave, period of leave, and expected date of return to work.

  • Recording Parental Leave
  • After your manager has been notified, contact HR Source [VMware network access required] for your Parental Leave to be recorded.

Return to Work

Written confirmation of the date you plan to return to work is required 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