Pregnancy Disability Leave

You may take Pregnancy Disability Leave (PDL) if your doctor certifies you as medically disabled due to pregnancy, childbirth or a related medical condition.


You are immediately eligible for PDL on your first day of employment at VMware under California law and the Company’s policies.

Duration and Job Protection

Subject to applicable law, all PDL time off will run concurrently with other leave time available, if any, under the federal Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and any other state family leave or disability leave laws providing time off for disability as the result of pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions. If your Pregnancy Leave runs concurrently with FMLA/CFRA/California’s PDL, or other applicable leave law, you will be reinstated to the same or equivalent job in accordance with those laws. However, neither those laws nor Pregnancy Leave entitles you to any greater right to employment or job protection than if you had not taken the leave (for example, with respect to reductions in force).

California Residents

If you live and work in California, you are protected by the California Family Rights Act (CFRA). You may take pregnancy disability leave for up to 4 months for the time you are disabled due to pregnancy, childbirth or a related medical condition. The actual disability period may vary.

  • Generally, for a normal pregnancy, the typical duration of pregnancy disability is a number of weeks before the due date and 6 weeks after delivery.
  • For a cesarean section, you may receive 2 additional weeks, as certified by your doctor.

Pregnancy Disability Leave runs concurrently with the federal Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) but not the California Family Rights Act (CFRA). After your pregnancy disability leave ends, you may, if eligible under CFRA, be eligible for an additional 12 weeks of  bonding leave with your newborn.  Leave for PDL, FMLA and CFRA will run concurrently with VMware’s Paid Parental Leave (PPL) Program, which provides up to 18 weeks of paid leave.

Non-California Residents

In addition to the Paid Parental Leave (PPL) Program, if you are not a California-based employee, you can apply for a Medical Leave of Absence for periods of disability related to pregnancy and childbirth.

Wage Replacement

In addition to any state disability benefits you may be entitled to (such as California’s SDI), VMware provides Short Term and Long Term Disability benefits that offer partial wage replacement during your PDL. For more information on how wage replacement benefits under the PPL coordinate with PDL and disability payments, please review the Paid Parental Leave policy [VMware network access required].

Please Note: VMware companies will comply with all applicable local, state and federal leave laws. This outward facing document is a brief summary only and does not provide all information regarding applicable job protection, benefits, wage replacement, and other provisions.  For additional details see the applicable Pregnancy Disability Leave policy [VMware network access required].  

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Leave of Absence Manager Toolkit

California Family Rights Act

Family Medical Leave (FMLA)

Pregnancy Disability Leave Policy [VMware network access

Wage Replacement Policy [VMware network access

Last Updated: 8 Apr 2022, 4:40 PM