Adoption Leave

Adoption Leave is part of the Global Paid Parental Leave Policy “GPPL”

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.

The Global Paid Parental Leave Program (“Program”) is intended to:

  • provide minimum leave and payment benefits for new parents employed by VMware; and
  • support all eligible employees to take time off from work for pre-natal periods subject to applicable local law, childbirth, placement of a child for adoption, and/or to spend time with their new child.

A copy of the full GPPL policy is here

A copy of the FAQ’s is here


If you are an adopting mother or father of a child with less than 15 years old, you are entitled to the same benefits as a biological mother or father.

This Program applies to all full-time and part-time permanent employees (“Employees” or “Employee”) directly employed by VMware. Subject to applicable law, contractors and non-employees are not eligible to participate in this Program. All active employees whose child is adopted on or after March 1 2022 are eligible for the leave entitlement detailed below. If your child was adopted prior to March 1 2022, please note that the previous leave policy applies. To understand your entitlements under the previous leave policy please contact HR Source.


To the extent possible under local law, the GPPL policy will run concurrently with any other Local Benefits and any applicable contractual terms.

By Portuguese Labor Law Regulations, employees are entitled to a total initial parental leave of 120 or 150 consecutive days (depending on the parents’ choice on whether they are sharing the leave).

The GPPL Policy will provide employees a top up payment between the statutory maternity / parental benefit and  their base salary rate (subject to applicable law) or, for commissioned employees, on target earnings (OTE), up to eighteen (18) weeks of leave (126 days), where they seek time off from work for pre-natal periods subject to applicable local law, childbirth, placement of a child for adoption, and/or to spend time with their new child.

In case of multiple adoptions, to the selected adoption leave of absence length, additional 30 days will be granted per child adopted after the first one.


You will need to apply for the statutory maternity leave first and confirm the statutory maternity /parental allowance payment you receive. The company will then top up the difference between your confirmed statutory payment and your salary for a period of 18 weeks.


All benefits will continue to be provided and subject to the terms and conditions of the benefit plan in force at that time. Vacation continues to accrue whilst on leave of absence.

Scheduling Adoption Leave

If you are adopting a new-born baby or young child(ren), you should follow the same application process as outlined in the Maternity and Paternity leave process. This means you will need to provide a minimum of 6 weeks’ notice prior to the baby due date.

If you are adopting older child(ren) older you will this leave may be taken from the earlier of the following:

  • the date in which the adoption/guardianship order is granted; or
  • from the date your child is placed in your care as a prospective adoptive parent or legal guardian by a court, pending the finalization of an adoption order.

You should contact your manager and HR Source to apply and arrange for this leave. Please ensure that this is done as soon as reasonably possible and no less than 1 month before the commencement of your leave. Once approved, please contact  HR Source [VMware network access required].

The HR Source team will support you with queries on this Policy and will work with the responsible teams to ensure your leave is tracked correctly.

Please note: This information is an overview of Adoption Leave. Refer to the Portugal Paid Family Leave Policy [VMware network access required] for detailed information.

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: 24 Jun 2022, 1:15 PM